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BYU's television deals could complicate the process.
When BYU left the Mountain West Conference last year to become a football independent, it signed a deal with ESPN that gives the network the rights to air a minimum of three football games a season. The deal runs through 2018.
The school also has its own cable network, which airs at least one football game a season.
The Big East will begin negotiating a new television deal next year.
Part of the Big East's recruiting pitch has been that the new members would stand to make substantially more in television revenue by joining the league.
Boise State President Bob Kustra estimated the annual payout to Big East football members at $3.7 million under its current TV contract, compared to the $1.9 million projected as the top payout in the Mountain West. Big East officials believe the league will be able to more than double payouts to members with the league's next TV deal.
Even if the Big East can get all seven schools to join, there is no guarantee the new Big East will be up and running by 2012.
Conference USA bylaws would stand in the way of SMU, Houston and UCF joining in 2012, and it would be less costly for Boise State and Air Force to join the Big East in 2013 instead of next year.
Marinatto has been adamant about making Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia comply with the league's bylaws and stay in the league until 2014.
West Virginia already has sued the Big East in an effort to become a Big 12 member next year. The Big East counter-sued to keep the Mountaineers.
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