The New AAC Contract and Temple football


For the last half-century, the halves have enjoyed increasingly more wealth than the have-nots.

College football’s schism between rich and poor is no different.

That’s why the new contract the AAC signed with ESPN should not be surprising.

Sure, the AAC received more money (a reported $1 billion) from ESPN but it pales in comparison to what the Power 5 schools get.

The 12-year deal with ESPN will be worth $1 billion, or an average of $83.3 million per school over the life of the contract. The new deal will run from 2020-21 through the 2031-32 academic year.

For Temple, the new contract will increase its yearly conference media revenue from $2.16 million to $6.94 million.


The Star Complex is one of the best indoor facilities in the AAC

A significant part of the deal is the absence of a grant-of-rights agreement which would have prevented schools from jumping to a Power Five conference. Such agreements enhance media rights deals because conferences offer TV partners the assurance that the composition of the league will not change.

That means schools like Temple (and notably Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF) can still accept a spot in the Power 5 if offered.
I don’t see that happening as the musical chairs seem to be over. The 64 schools do not want to share the pot of gold with the other 67 schools.

According to the Sports Business Journal, “the majority of basketball games and a significant number of football games will go to ESPN+,” which is a subscription digital streaming service. The contract will include some Saturday football games on ABC, while most football, and men’s and women’s basketball will remain on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU — at least those not on the streaming service or CBS networks. (I don’t know about you, but the $4.99 a month on ESPN+ is among the best investments I have made. For the price of a beer at Xfinity Live, you can get to see an unlimited number of live sporting events.)

Bottom line with this contract is that Temple is in a better position to compete with its G5 partners because of the recent football buyouts and this new contract. The other AAC schools do not enjoy the windfall that the Owls have had with Geoff Collins’ $2.5 million and Manny Diaz’s $4 million.

Still, unless some miracle happens, they (and Cincy, Houston, and UCF) will remain on the outside looking in for a long time.

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21 thoughts on “The New AAC Contract and Temple football

  1. Is TUFB better off today than it was 12 months ago on this day? Yes!

    Kraft and Carey should keep that question forever green in the frontal lobe.

  2. I am confused and have anxiety over this media rights deal. Money is great but the language contradicts itself.
    …“the majority of basketball games and a significant number of football games will go to ESPN+,” …This worries me.
    …”most football, and men’s and women’s basketball will remain on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU” …I like this.
    Cannot be “majority” and “most” at the same time. What is the contract definition of “significant”?
    It might be my age but I am not a streamer. I prefer traditional tv/cable.
    Could Temple and the AAC get put on the streaming only and lose national visibility? Being seen matters a lot. It is 2-3 hours of marketing to potential recruits, students, alumni and sports writers.

  3. 2022-23 is the big year….Broadcasting rights for three of the power five start to expire at that point…. Big 10, PAC 12 and Big 12 all run thru 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25, respectively. SEC and ACC both have longer term agreements.

    Last time TV rights were up at this level was 2010 and the shuffle began.

    2010, Colorado and Utah joined PAC 10 (now 12)
    2011 Nebraska joined Big 10, Pitt and Syracuse join the ACC
    2012 Texas AM, Missouri leave big 12 for SEC and L’ville replaces UMD in the ACC, big 12 re-ups with WV and TCU, Rutgers and UMD join big 10 (RU and UMD taking much less pay from TV rights than the other members)

    Should 2022 bring this, there will be a lot of moving parts. It only takes one domino to fall to upset the apple cart. What does Texas do with a challenged Big 12 (they really control that conference like they did the old southeastern conference). Will the PAC 12 get its feet back underneath them and how do they deal with geography? What will the impact be on the cable-cutting switch over to digital? Will the PAC 12 take two and Big 12 four to get to parity with the other three power 5? Will the other three conferences take two more teams each to get to 8 per division?

    Will they add more teams? We don’t know. What we do know is that last time the invites started going out (mid-2010), Temple football (and yes, football drives all of this) had one winning season in the previous 19 and the Owls were not a consideration.

    This time around Temple has to be in a position (with a winning football program and better basketball) that if the Power 5 invites others to dine at their table, we are on that list. That starts now, as the realignment carousel, should it happen, will begin to spin in 2021. At least this time we are sitting on 8 winning seasons of the last 10. Certainly there are other issues (stadium, etc…) but without a winning program, none of those matter.

    Why is all this important….in 2020 UMD will receive over $50MM from their broadcasting rights program, Temple will get $7MM.

    • That must make 35-14 harder to swallow for them.

      • Haha!! Especially at home with a QB who hadn’t started a game yet and took his first snap in college the week before. Let’s just hope that sept 14 2019 is a repeat of that performance.

      • They are going to be really motivated like the 2012 md team was after losing to fax 38-7 in 2011.

    • should have typed “southwestern” not “southeastern” for texas in above in fourth paragraph

    • The difference in money is ridiculous but that’s the most money TU has ever received. I’ve previously said that the negotiations on the new TV contract will determine of any of the G-5 schools will be invited to join a P-5 league. I would think that the networks will want sixteen teams in a league because it gives them more variation. Frankly, the only league that I think needs teams is the Big 12 because half the league is horrendous and Texas is always thinking of jumping to the SEC. Also, they do not like having to travel to West Virginia. If there is any switching I think it may only involve P-5 schools. No one could have predicted that Texas A and M and Missouri would ever go to the SEC or Colorado to the Pac-12.

      There are three schools I think that would be invited by the P-5 conferences before TU-Houston, UCF, and USF- before TU because they have had more success, better fan support, and better geographical positioning. The only thing TU has is its tv market. Hell, it doesn’t even have a stadium it controls.

      I also heard a rumor that UCONN is seriously considering dropping football and then joining the Big East. (I’ll believe it when I see it but given the financial condition of the state of Connecticut I can see it happening) Little does UCONN realize that doing so won’t solve their problems because other than Nova, the Big East is a bad league and without football, it’s doomed to fail. Football is the straw that stirs the college sports drink.

      • Big East not as good in tournament as aac…could be an outlier…we will find out next year

      • Plus uconn’s beautiful 40k stadium would be a white elephant in that scenario

      • Pitt doesn’t have their own stadium either but was invited to the ACC. I think the on-campus stadium issue is a minor problem to getting invited, especially considering that the LINC is a great facility to play in and has to be attractive to P5 conferences (and recruits). Getting only 30K+- people to the games is a bigger problem. Being on campus in a (measely) 35K stadium may be more filled up looking but does “on-campus” really make TU that much more attractive to P5 conferences?

      • Apparently the TV markey meant little since TU was passed up before. And not controling a stadium I think is less important. Pitt shares with the Steelers and was invited to the ACC. Attendance is the big one – 35K+- looks paltry in the LINC but would “looking full” in a measely 35K on-campus stadium really matter enough? Maybe it would but the LINC is a great facility to play in (regardless of the lousy deal with Lurie).

  4. This year could be an outlier re AAC vs Big East. Memphis will be a monster next season and other teams will be better including UCONN and Cinncy. UCONN’s stadium was a white elephant when it was built because it’s 39 miles from campus. It makes TU’s situation appear as if the Linc is on campus. I also heard a rumor that contractors have been approaching TU about building the stadium in the Navy Yard. I believe that it’s not the best solution but it’s a better solution than no stadium at all and it would permit a 45,000 seat facility. Any deal that gets TU from under Lurie’s control is a good deal.

  5. Stadium Idea, an opening bid of ideas here.
    Buy a big old building, min 4 or 5 stories and convert it into a stadium.
    I bet Temple could buy a big old building for 1 million .
    Can be either dome or open sky, for a dome just like roof off and put new super plastic bubble dome on it.
    Maybe dig out 10 feet into basement .
    Something like the Baltimore Baseball stadium comes to mind as a starter

  6. Sorry for the repeat. I thought the first one didn’t post.

  7. By the way, I was told that on Cherry and White day there will not be a game, just an enhanced practice. I know a bunch of football alums that are not happy.

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