By Brian Murphy
Big East Interim Commissioner Joe Bailey said Wednesday that Boise State and San Diego State are planning to remain in the league as football-only members. Both schools are scheduled to join July 1, 2013.
"Those schools have indicated, to my knowledge, to the executive committee and to the other members, that they have a big belief that the Big East is a really good partner for them," said Bailey, who took over following John Marinatto's resignation on Monday.
Bailey could not answer many questions in depth, citing his newness to the position. He said that Boise State had not asked the league for help in placing its non-football programs. "Not to my knowledge. Not to my knowledge, no," he said.
Boise State officials said Wednesday afternoon that they have asked the league for its help in placing its non-football programs.
Bailey said he would not have a role in the league's all-important television negotiations this fall. "The executive committee has made a decision that they will retain a consultant to do those, and they will in turn report to the executive committee, and I'll be a part of that reporting process," Bailey said.
But Bailey, who worked for the Dolphins and Cowboys in the NFL, was optimistic that the negotiations would turn out well for the Big East. The ACC on Wednesday announced a a new TV contract with ESPN that will pay each of its 14 members roughly $17 million per year.
"From our perspective, we'll probably have a number of interested parties, just simply because of what the Big East represents. And I would expect that on balance, whatever the results are going to be, are going to be awfully positive for the entire conference," Bailey said.
"It's not as though it's a secret just to us; it's obviously very apparent that there is a market demand for what I would term, or what we'd term in sport, anyway, authentic content. And that's sort of the difference between entertainment and sport. Sport is authentic. No one really knows what the outcome is going to be; entertainment is contrived, etc.
"But nevertheless, there is a demand for that. And it's also the reason why sport on a global basis and the rights fees for all different kinds of sports, whether it's rugby or soccer or cricket or any of them, the over 200 sports that are mainstream sports in the world, why they're all in demand in terms of the media.
"So I think that on balance, that's a good thing as far as the Big East is concerned, so that's that one.
Bailey said the talk of a potential split between the football and basketball schools is just that — talk.
"The reality of the situation is that there has been no indication from anybody that I have talked to — and again, I haven't talked to everybody, but from anybody that I've talked to, I've talked to quite a number of people that there's any kind of — even close to this idea of any kind of split," Bailey said.
Bailey said it would probably take "three or four months" to get a permanent commissioner.
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