By Brian Murphy
The Big East will release the location of its 2013 conference games next week, Commissioner Mike Aresco told the Idaho Statesman on Thursday. Boise State will know which opponents it plays and which ones will be at home and away, though dates, times and television won't be decided until later.
Boise State President Bob Kustra said on Idaho Public Television's "Dialogue," that the Broncos would host 2012 Big East champion Louisville at Bronco Stadium in 2013.
Aresco also disputed a CBSSports.com report that said the Big East's television contract could be worth as little as $60 million per year.
At $60 million, Boise State could receive as little as $3 million per year from the television contract.
The Mountain West's current television contract is worth $12 million per season.
"When you see reports on television and revenue, just ignore it," Aresco said. "We haven't talked to any networks yet about any valuations."
Aresco said the departures of Louisville (to the ACC) and Rutgers (to the Big Ten) created a delay in negotiations as the Big East turned to expansion and grabbed Tulane and East Carolina.
"We just don't know yet" what the television deal will be worth, Aresco said.
Aresco said six networks are interested in obtaining Big East television rights and that several non-traditional entities have also inquired.
"We should start generating valuations fairly soon," Aresco said. "There's still enormous interest in the Big East."
Aresco said it is likely that the league would end up with several partners, like the Pac-12 and Big 12 have done recently.
"I have a feeling we're going to seriously explore the multiple network model," he said.
As for future expansion, Aresco said adding a Western football-only member is "a priority" for the league. The Big East will have 12 teams in 2013. Aresco said the league could operate as a 12-team league in 2014 with Tulane and East Carolina replacing Rutgers and Louisville.
Navy is scheduled to join in 2015, giving the league 13 teams. If Navy were to join a year early, then the Big East would try to add a 14th member for 2014.
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