Big East’s basketball schools unhappy with new members

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Big East’s seven basketball-only schools may be looking to split from the league’s football members.

Marquette, DePaul, St. John’s, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova met with Big East commissionerMike Aresco on Sunday to discuss the direction of the league.

The schools are concerned about the additions of full members Memphis, Temple, Tulane, Central Florida, SMU and Houston, and football-only member East Carolina to replace departing Syracuse, Pitt, Louisville, Rutgers and Notre Dame.

They are particularly against Tulane and East Carolina for their potential in pulling down the ratings of the basketball league.

The seven schools wanted the best possible television deal and do not want to see the league watered down.

The Big East’s media rights deal is expected to bring only $1.06 million to $1.41 million for each basketball school. They currently receive $1.5 million annually from media rights deal.

The problem for the Catholic seven would be that if they were to venture off without taking the assets andbrand name, they would forfeit all the NCAA tournament revenue from the conference and would be left without any start-up to form a new conference.

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