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Monday, December 31, 2012
It's official: Boise State staying in MWC

By Andrea Adelson

Here are a few statements released Monday on Boise State's decision to stay in the Mountain West, instead of joining the Big East on July 1, 2013.

Boise State president Bob Kustra: “Without question, conference affiliation has been an odyssey for Boise State, with all the unexpected turns and changes that term suggests. The benefits of geographic footprint, revenue, and national exposure have to be balanced against the changing circumstances of conference realignment. I am confident that our Mountain West membership is the very best decision for Boise State University, our student-athletes and our incredible fan base.”

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson: “We are very pleased today to announce Boise State University’s continuing membership in the Mountain West conference. Maintaining the Broncos program as part of the already solid foundation we have established creates a posture of great stability for the Mountain West going forward. It also enhances the Conference’s competitive and marketplace platforms, positioning us favorably in the evolving FBS landscape.”

Boise State coach Chris Petersen: “I commend the effort Dr. Kustra and Mark (Coyle) have put forth in making sure the Bronco football program continues to grow at the national level. As I’ve stated many times, I have had the utmost trust that the university would make the right decision in what is best for Bronco football and all our sports at Boise State. This innovative proposal to get football the maximum exposure on national television will be a tremendous boost to our program as we continue to grow the Bronco brand.

“The football programs in the Mountain West Conference continue to get stronger and we look forward to the challenge and competing in a strong league for many years to come.”

Boise State won several concessions from the Mountain West. Here is more from the school's release:
A key factor in Boise State’s decision to remain in the Mountain West has been the Bronco’s home football television rights. In its new agreement with the Mountain West, the league will ensure Boise State home football games are not part of any current or future Mountain West Conference wide television rights contract.

The league will guarantee the rights to Boise State home football games that are sold as a separate package. The revenue from such Boise State home football games shall be retained by the Mountain West and added to the Mountain West media revenues to be disbursed in the same manner as all other league media revenues.

Boise State and other football teams in the Mountain West who appear on national television (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) will be paid a bonus of $300,000 per game, with an additional $200,000 for a Saturday game.

The Mountain West will honor Boise State’s existing non-conference scheduling commitments for future games and the league will not regulate Boise State’s uniform colors or designs. Specifically the Bronco’s will be permitted to wear all blue uniforms at home.