Although the official announcement of a TV contract between the New Big East and Fox Sports is still a few weeks away, details are emerging about the HUGE numbers involved, as well as the strategy behind Fox pursuing basketball in a football-dominated world. The New York Times reports:
- Fox Sports 1 doesn't need football, but basketball is the cream of the old Big East, especially as Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Rutgers exit the conference.
- Basketball adds volume to Fox Sports 1 as it plans to make its debut Aug. 17 with as many as 90 million subscribers.
- The seven universities bring Fox history and rivalries, especially Georgetown, St. John's, Seton Hall and Providence, four of the original seven Big East teams, and Villanova. (Marquette and DePaul are the sixth and seventh programs.)