Financially speaking, the ESPN deal is fairly appealing for both sides. As The Hartford Courant’s Mike Anthony notes, the 12-year, $1 billion deal “represents a healthy influx of money for UConn and every other conference school, with the average payout approaching $7 million annually, nearly $5 million more than what UConn receives under the current deal.” Such a contribution would greatly aid UConn’s athletic department as it climbs out of its $41 million debt. Also, reports indicate that ESPN intends to broadcast most AAC games on its rising ESPN-plus digital streaming service. UConn’s athletic offerings may prove particularly enticing for subscribers--and consequently profitable for ESPN.
The Daily Campus recently had the pleasure of speaking with the SNY crew covering UConn women’s basketball, which includes Eric Frede and UConn alums Meghan Culmo and Kara Wolters. Associate sports editor and UConn women’s basketball beat writer Christopher Hanna was able to speak with the experts about their takes on a number of burning questions on the Huskies for the upcoming season.