ESPN's official statement on BYU football deal
Unfortunately, financial terms of the agreement for all of you out there who are dying to find out how much ESPN is paying BYU for the rights to its home football games in 2011 and beyond. But ESPN has released other details of the agreement with BYU announced on Wednesday. Here's the link, although I've posted a few highlights below: * The deal is for eight years, but ESPN has an option to extend the agreement through 2019. * BYU president Cecil Samuelson said that ESPN is accommodating BYU's in-house broadcasting arm, BYU Broadcasting. * ESPN will receive first selection rights to all BYU home games and any neutral-site games in which BYU is the designated home team. * Any games not selected by ESPN will be available on BYU-TV. More details are emerging on the BYU Quarterbacks Weekend the school is hosting Saturday as part of the showdown with Washington: * Former BYU QB Jim McMahon will carry the BYU alumni flag onto the field at the beginning of the game. * Former BYU QB Virgil Carter will light the Y. * The quarterbacks said at Riverside Country Club in Provo this morning that they hope to raise funds not only for a scholarship endowment, but for a statue of legendary coach LaVell Edwards which will be placed at the stadium which bears his name. * Former BYU QB Steve Young said that once Utah left the MWC for the Pac-10, BYU had no other choice but to leave the MWC because there was no other reason for the Cougars to say. He said BYU and Utah were united on most issues within the conference, but were often pitted against the other seven members. He called the relationship between BYU and Utah, "like brothers, in many ways." * Former coach LaVell Edwards said he and others are committed to helping Jim McMahon get his degree so McMahon can be enshrined in the BYU athletics hall of fame. He said McMahon is only 10 units shy of his degree.