We can work it out.

So, Boise State went and did it.

Boise State University has filed a legal complaint against the Mountain West Conference over the new TV contract announced earlier this month.

Boise State claims that the Mountain West breached its contract with the school and “violated, nullified and significantly impaired Boise’s State’s rights” by signing the deal without the Broncos’ approval. The complaint also says that the conference has decided to put an end to two benefits the school negotiated as part of its 2012 deal to stay in the Mountain West, including a $1.8 million annual bonus.

Dan Wolken speculates that the AAC, seeing an opportunity here, may be mulling over a decision to extend an invitation to the Broncos to join that mid-major conference, partly in hopes, I assume, of strengthening its own brand.  I have no idea whether he’s right or wrong about that, but I have to say it smacks of some of the same brilliant reasoning that brought geographic outliers like Missouri and Rutgers to their respective conferences.

Of course, this move, were it to become a reality, would dwarf those distances, as the AAC would stretch almost across the entire country.  And for what?  If these schools were the television draw they’d like to insist they are, they’d be pursued by bigger fish than another mid-major conference.

The other unanswered question is what’s in it for Boise State, other than the enjoyment of taking your ball and going home.  It’s unlikely the AAC would give the Broncos preferential treatment when it comes to sharing broadcast revenue.  There are also AAC programs which possess name recognition similar to BSU’s, so there goes the big fish in the small pond flavor Boise currently enjoys.

Most likely, this is little more than legal maneuvering over money, just like the big boys play it.  It’s only the size of the pot that’s different.  College football these days — what are you gonna do?


Filed under It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, It's Just Bidness

9 responses to “We can work it out.

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Sheesh, 40 years ago they said suing is the national pastime. What is it now, a sine qua non for routine business decisions?


  2. ASEF

    Really glad my kid maxed out at 6’3” and doing the basketball walk on thing at a small school with no football program.

    Is there a worse deal than being a basketball practice player for a UCF or something like that? Those kids must log a million travel miles, at the expense of their education, in return for what exactly?


  3. Mark

    Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend…


  4. Cynical Dawg

    Boise State has the same malady as UCF…delusions of grandeur. The only move they can make is lateral at best. There are already too many P5 football programs now.


  5. Macallanlover

    I dunno, the quick look at the money side says this will not work, but the AAC continues to build a strong case for respectability. It already surpasses the ACC, I think has a strong case against the PAC 12, and approaching favorable comparisons to the Big 12, imo. Adding Boise will create more interesting match ups each year for viewers, and also improve the perception of the conference. Does respectability eventually break down the barrier for entry into a Power 6 position? Perhaps not on their own but if the ACC doesn’t pick up the pace, they could forfeit their privileged position.


  6. MGW

    Mid majors would do well to set an example for the P5 by sticking to a tight regional footprint.


  7. FlyingPeakDawg

    Let the Group of 5 have their own 4 team playoff. Then you’ve got your 8 team playoffs, one for P5 and one for G5 and filling those seats in a couple of more bowl games..


  8. Texas Dawg

    Missouri may be on the fringe but at least it is contiguous with the rest of the SEC