State Board approves Boise State's Albertsons Stadium deal

ccripe@idahostatesman.comJune 20, 2014 

  • BOISE STATE'S 2014 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

    • Aug. 28 (Thursday): vs. Ole Miss (Atlanta), 6 p.m., ESPN

    • Sept. 6: Colorado State, 8:15 p.m., ESPN2

    • Sept. 13: at Connecticut, 10 a.m., ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

    • Sept. 20: Louisiana, 8:30 p.m., CBSSN

    • Sept. 27: at Air Force, 5 p.m., CBSSN

    • Oct. 4: at Nevada, 8:30 p.m., CBSSN

    • Oct. 17 (Friday): Fresno State, 6 p.m., ESPN

    • Oct. 24 (Friday): BYU, 7 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2

    • Nov. 8: at New Mexico, 5 p.m., CBSSN

    • Nov. 15: San Diego State, TBA, ESPN TBA

    • Nov. 22: at Wyoming, TBA, ESPN TBA

    • Nov. 29: Utah State, TBA, ESPN TBA

    • Dec. 6: Mountain West, time TBA, CBS

    * All times Mountain

The State Board of Education quickly and unanimously approved the Albertsons Stadium naming-rights deal for Boise State football on Thursday in Idaho Falls.

Albertsons committed $12.5 million over 15 years for the stadium naming rights. Boise State will receive $9,081,250. The rest goes to Learfield Sports, which owns the Broncos' marketing and multimedia rights.

The State Board did not ask any questions about the agreement - not even how much money the school will receive from the contract. That number was released to the media Wednesday in response to a public-records request and story from the Idaho Statesman.

RICE DEAL APPROVED

The State Board also OK'd the amended contract for Boise State men's basketball coach Leon Rice. Rice will make $596,573 for 2014-15, an increase of nearly 25 percent from last year. He will get a 3 percent annual raise and earn automatic one-year extensions each time the Broncos win 18 games or reach the NCAA Tournament. The contract runs through 2018-19.

Boise State also agreed to place $142,000 in the men's basketball budget - a onetime increase - for Rice to use. He had indicated he wanted to improve the recruiting budget and book the team on charter flights for weekday games.

UCONN TIME SET

The football team's third game of the season will kick off at 10 a.m. Mountain time. The Broncos play Sept. 13 at Connecticut. The game will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

It is the only day game on the Broncos' schedule. Times have been set for the first nine games and each will air on national TV. The last three games are controlled by ESPN and will be slotted at a later date.

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