ESPN’s Darren Rovell is reporting(according to his sources) that the Catholic Seven met last night to discuss their potential picture-box deal with Fox as well as plans for the immediate future.
The meeting was important for many reasons. The most of which, Fox officials reaffirmed the seven private schools of the 500 million dollar TV deal that would last for 12 seasons. That deal seems to be predicated on the newly formed conference adding five more schools and playing on Fox Sports 1, which is currently the Speed Channel(overhaul is in August).
The schools can leave the abomination that is the Big East without penalty in June 2015. Popular thought is the schools would like to jump ship immediately following this season, especially if these are the quality of network deals on the table. Another reason the schools will look to bail on the Big East as soon as possible, that conference’s TV deal is up at the end of the season with no offers remotely resembling the Catholic Seven’s coming in.
According to Rovell, the people representing each of the schools at the meeting were discussing possible conference commissioners . While no names are currently on the table, I expect them to try and hire one of their own, as they seem to be doing fine getting a television contract all by their lonesome.
To help in the process of the Catholic Seven’s transition, the universities have hired consultant Neal Pilson and the law firm of Proskauer Rose to make the move as smooth as humanly possible.
Joe covers the Catholic Seven for Rant Sports. For the love of Sam Cassell, follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone