Sunday, January 29, 2012

C-USA & Mountain West continue all sport merger talks

From the Albuquerque Journal:

Member schools from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA have hired an agency to gauge what a new league would be worth to national TV networks — including ESPN — if the two leagues dissolve and form a new one, the Journal has learned.....

Though Krebs (New Mexico Athletic Director) used the term “merger,” the new league would not be one, from a strictly legal sense. Since a number of networks own stakes in the TV rights to the two leagues, both leagues would have to dissolve first, then reform under a new name....

The formation of a new conference likely would create TV contract chaos and as a result is a sensitive subject. That, in turn, makes the parties very cautious to talk about it.

Read the whole article here.

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