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"I don't know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this," Obama said. "So, I'm going to throw my weight around a little bit. I think it's the right thing to do."
Hope and change are no match for the BCS' millions, though. Fox paid $320 million deal to broadcast the BCS games from 2007-10.
ESPN and the BCS are keeping mum on details of their negotiations, but whatever Fox's offer was, it wasn't enough for the BCS.
"Unfortunately, the University presidents and BCS commissioners were not satisfied and they've decided to take their jewel events to pay television," D'Ermilio said in an e-mail statement. "We wish everyone well."
ESPN had a a retort for Fox: "We wish to remind everyone that ESPN is distributed on expanded basic, a product enjoyed by 98 million homes that offers the best entertainment buy in America and that already carries many championship-caliber sports events," spokesman Mike Soltys wrote in an e-mail.
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