By Brian Murphy
I have obtained a copy of Boise State's agreement with the Mountain West to remain an all-sports member of the conference.
Here are the highlights of the agreement (PDF):
• Big East/Big West exit fees: The Mountain West agrees to pay up to $3 million of Boise State's exit fees to the Big East and the Big West. The money will come from Boise State's year-end distribution, which was to be forfeited, and is expected to be $2.5 million. The Mountain West will pick up the rest from its general fund.
• Exit fee from Mountain West: If Boise State leaves the Mountain West before July 1, 2016, it must repay the conference whatever money it uses from its general fund to pay the Big East/Big West exit fees. This is in addition to any other normal Mountain West exit fees.
• TV rights: The Mountain West will ensure that Boise State home football games are not part of, nor granted under, any current or future conference-wide television rights contract, including the league's current contract with CBS Sports. Boise State and the Mountain West must mutually agree to whom Boise State home football games are licensed. The revenue from Boise State home football games shall be retained by the conference. All television broadcast rights to Boise State away games are treated the same as other Mountain West teams.
• Division of conference revenue: All members (except Hawaii, as a football-only member) will receive equal distribution of conferences revenues from all sources except:
- National Exposure Bonus System: Teams that play on a national broadcast — as defined as on a network of 90 million or more homes in the U.S.) will receive a $300,000 bonus. If the game is on a Saturday, the bonus is $500,000. That money will be distributed before per-member division of conference revenues.
These networks are defined in the agreement as: ESPN, ESPN2, ABC network "over the air," NBC network "over the air," CBS network "over the air" and Fox network "over the air" or their successors. NBC Sports Network and CBS Sports Network would not qualify.
Boise State says this is applicable to all games involving a Mountain West team — home/away, conference/nonconference. The Mountain West says it is only applicable to games that the league controls the TV rights for, so non-conference road games not be eligible.
– BCS Payments for Performance: Beginning in 2014, with the new playoff system and postseason format, any distributions made to the Mountain West based on ranking or performance or BCS bowl appearance will be distributed 50 percent to the Mountain West member who "generated/contributed to/participated in the ranking, performance or BCS bowl appearance" and 50 percent will go to the conference pool. Any expense payments made by the BCS will be paid to the appearing team.
— 2013 BCS and other football bowl profits: In 2013 and after, any "profit" from a member's participation in a bowl shall be distributed 50 percent to the participating member and 50 percent to all conference members in equal shares.
— The Mountain West will honor Boise State's existing non-conference scheduling commitments for future games.
— The Mountain West will not regulate uniform colors and specifically will permit Boise State to wear blue uniforms at home.
— The Mountain West will extend an option to San Diego State to join the league before offering membership to any other institution. The right of first option to San Diego State shall expire on Jan. 31.
— Boise State has entered an agreement with a third party for its website, streaming video and web hosting until April 1, 2018. At that time, the rights will revert back to the Mountain West.
— Should the Mountain West have 12 or more members, the present intent is to divide into two divisions and play a conference championship game at the home of the team with the highest BCS ranking.