The BE has already finalized the 2013 schedule. The MWC has not.
Correct but both the Big East and MWC are negotiating TV deals (nBE for all the marbles, MWC for 2nd/3rd tier games)
The nBE has submitted a schedule to the networks trying to get its contract while the MWC is still at the early stages of negotiating a new 2/3 tier deal with various sports and local networks. I read that the MWC approached the PAC12 about carrying some game on their new regional PAC12 networks which may help them get picked up by Direct TV (similar to the LHN broadcasting some Texas St/UTSA games).
AFA/CSU/WYO/USU and possibily BYU on the Mountain-CU/Utah network (would be great for the CSU/CU and BYU/Utah games)
Fresno/SJSU/Nevada on the Bay Area-Stanford/Cal network, UNLV/Hawaii and possibly SDSU on the LA-USC/UCLA network (would be great for any combo of games between these programs, they play all the time why not take advantage of that)
UNM and possibly the Texas schools on the AZ/ASU network (not a slam dunk but it works)
BSU could be on the OR/OSU AND WA/WSU networks (easy sell the the PAC and BSU, adds more regional exposure and could even be an excuse to give Boise a bump in the TV money that sweetens the pot so to speak)
Ideally they'd like to get BSU and SDSU in before they start talking numbers but until they have a plan in place the door is open for BSU to return immediately. That being said if Boise waits until April or later I could see the Big East having some real cause to pursue additional legal action against them, so I think the questions isn't how long does Boise have, but rather how long until they feel that they cannot make the move without significant legal action against them.
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