A few weeks after threatening to leave the Mountain West Conference, Boise State doesn’t appear to be going anywhere after the two sides settled their differences.
Last month, the Mountain West Conference signed a lucrative six-year TV contract that would significantly increase the annual revenue for participating schools. With the new deal, MWC commissioner Curt Thompson also announced Boise State’s previously negotiated larger revenue share would be coming to an end.
When Boise State chose not to leave the conference for the Big East in 2012, they received a re-entry agreement with a larger revenue share, also allowing them to negotiate their own television contract for home football games. The MWC board of directors decided to phase out those bonuses, causing Boise State to take legal action and threaten to leave the conference.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, MWC’s directors now chose to rescind their decision to end Boise State’s extra revenue share and in return, the school would drop its legal complaint. Boise State will also agree to terms of the MWC’s new six-year TV contract with CBS and Fox worth a reported $270 million.
The MWC was not planning on ending Boise State’s annual bonus payouts until after the new TV deal expired in 2026. Whether or not those bonuses will now continue beyond 2026 was not announced.
Boise State and the MWC offered a joint statement saying they’re “currently in discussions in hopes of bringing this matter to a resolution without litigation.” Rescinding the decision to end Boise State’s larger payout allows both sides to discuss its viability without a looming lawsuit.
Amazon Eyeing Troy Aikman For Thursday Night Football
McCarthy’s source describes Michaels and Aikman as Amazon’s “TNF dream team.”
If Amazon gets its way, Troy Aikman and Al Michaels will be in the booth for Thursday Night Football next season. The digital giant is set to take over exclusive broadcast rights to the property next season.
Amazon’s interest in Al Michaels has been known for some time. Michael McCarthy first reported that the company wants to hire Aikman on Tuesday.
Troy Aikman has been Joe Buck’s partner on FOX since 2002. They have been heard on FOX’s America’s Game of the Week package as well as Thursday Night Football. They have also called six Super Bowls together.
McCarthy’s source describes Michaels and Aikman as Amazon’s “TNF dream team.” In order to make it happen, Amazon may have to lure Aikman away from FOX.
A FOX rep told McCarthy that the network does not comment on “the status of talent contracts.”
The New York Post reports that Michaels is a virtual lock to end up at Amazon. Before the news about Troy Aikman came out, the paper speculated that Cris Collinsworth and Drew Brees are possible candidates to join him.
ABC Scores Biggest College Football Weekend Since 2016
“The triple-header started with Michigan’s win over Penn State, which is the most-watched noon game of the season for ABC.”
Executives at ABC and ESPN are loving their networks’ performance with college football fans this season. What they saw on Saturday must have them jumping for joy. ABC didn’t just have its most-watched Saturday of the season, it had attracted more viewers than any college football weekend since 2016.
The triple-header started with Michigan’s win over Penn State, which is the most-watched noon game of the season for ABC. With an average of more than 5.9 million viewers, it was the most-watched game of the day, peaking at 8.7 million.
Ohio State’s demolition of Purdue picked up more than 4.7 million viewers. It is the network’s most-watched game in the 3:30 window since week 1.
With Notre Dame’s win at Virginia averaging over 3.3 million viewers, the entire triple-header averaged 4.7 million viewers. That is double-digit year-over-year growth compared to both 2020 and 2019 and the best viewership for an ABC triple header since rivalry week of 2016.
Michelle Beadle: I’ve Been Giving Opinions To Walls For 800 Days
“After my last gig I had one rule and that was do what I want with people that I like, no more jerks.”
Former ESPN personality Michelle Beadle is back and she wants everyone to know it on her new podcast, What Did I Miss? with Michelle Beadle. The first episode dropped this week, and Beadle talked about what she was up to while she was away.
“I have missed a lot, I have kinda been sitting back for 800 days giving my opinions to walls because my friends don’t care about sports and neither does my family. Nobody really cared what I had to say so in between knitting and buying toilet paper I was just mumbling a lot of opinions to the ether,” said Beadle on her time away from sports media.
Michelle Beadle talked about her move to The Athletic, saying “I ended up at The Athletic because when I think of serious journalism I think of The Athletic and myself. To me it was just a match made in heaven. After my last gig I had one rule and that was do what I want with people that I like, no more jerks.”
One of the many things that Beadle discussed had started since she has been away is the alternate Manningcast Monday Night Football telecast, which she had some high praise for.
She also went on to talk about her unread text messages that she has on her phone, and one of them was from her former colleague at ESPN Bob Ley.
“People from the outside think that Bob Ley is someone who is super serious because he is one of the pillars of SportsCenter. While we worked together on SportsNation I would just tell stories and crack jokes to everyone in the newsroom and all of the sudden Bob Ley who I also thought was super serious joined in on the jokes. I just loved Bob so much.”
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