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Boise St sees stability, money key to MWC deal

Boise St sees stability, money key to MWC deal

BOISE, Idaho (AP) For Boise State President Bob Kustra, the decision to part ways with the Big East and rejoin the Mountain West ultimately came down to predictable revenue, conference stability and the opportunity for the football team to cash in on its growing national brand.

Kustra announced Monday that Boise State was backing out of its commitment to join the faltering Big East, opting instead to keep the Broncos football team and its other athletic programs in the Mountain West.

Boise State's decision was made easier by the Mountain West's own ambitions, a new television contract for football games and a willingness to give Boise State a few special perks. Ultimately, Boise State and the MWC reached a deal that was too tempting to pass up and rewards the football team for its success and popularity.

``I was committed to the Big East decision and thought it was a good decision,'' Kustra told reporters Wednesday. ``But this thing started changing, and then it became a different matter. That's where the Boise State and the Mountain West come together for this very innovative approach.''

The centerpiece of the deal, and a provision unique to Boise State among its MWC peers, is the ability for the Broncos to negotiate its own television deal for all home games. Boise State will work with the MWC to sign a broadcast deal with the top networks that provides the best exposure and revenue for the school, Kustra said.

Money from that deal will go to the Mountain West, then distributed back to Boise State and other teams in a bonus plan. For example, the MWC will pay Boise State $300,000 if a game at Bronco Stadium is televised nationally by ESPN, ESPN2, NBC, CBS or Fox, and another $200,000 if that game is played on Saturdays.

The MWC also has agreed to 50/50 split with Boise State - or any other league team - the revenue paid for making it to a BCS bowl game.

Ultimately, those financial incentives and giving Boise State the flexibility to control its own television destiny were more appealing than anything the Big East was prepared to offer, Kustra said. The Big East has yet to renegotiate its television deal, creating even more uncertainty for the Broncos and its perennially powerful football team.

``We started hearing that there was interest in Boise State as a media property separate and apart from the other conferences,'' Kustra said. ``I think that's when we realized there was an opportunity here. When the networks speak so clearly about the importance of Boise State University's football program and what it means to them, then that had a large role to play in moving these conversations forward.

``When one school like Boise State over the last 10 years rises up as we have, it does put you in a position where you have to lay the cards on the table and acknowledge you have a property here that can not only be valuable for the individual school, but for the entire conference,'' Kustra said.

Now, Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle will work with other MWC schools to redo the Broncos 2013 schedule, which included home games with Big East programs like Louisville and Rutgers.

School officials will also begin negotiating the costs associated with leaving the Big East and the Big West, which until last week was the new conference for men's and women's basketball and other Broncos teams.

The exit fee for the Big East is $5 million, but Kustra said the contract has language that could lessen that amount. Under the new arrangement, the MWC has agreed to pay up to $3 million toward those exit fees. Kustra said he expects to honor the Big West contract and its $1.5 million exit fee.

Boise State will give the Mountain West 11 members next season, along with Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Jose State, Utah State, Colorado State, Air Force, Wyoming, UNLV and Hawaii for football-only. Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson said he has also had discussions with other western schools about joining. If the conference gets to at least 12 members, it likely will hold a football championship game.

Another result of the Boise State deal is the MWC agreeing to give San Diego State the first option to rejoin. San Diego State is still part of the Big East and has until Jan. 31 to decide what to do, according to the agreement.

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Game 58: Capitals at Blackhawks Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 58: Capitals at Blackhawks Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

When: 8:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Blackhawks will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Blackhawks game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME?

The Capitals (33-17-7) take on the Blackhawks (24-26-8) Saturday, February 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET in Chicago.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Blackhawks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 7:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 8:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 11:30 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 12:30 a.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

7:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
8:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:30 p.m. — Capitals at Blackhawks
11:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
12:30 a.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Blackhawks game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Alex Chiasson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Jakub Vrana, Taylor Chorney

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-BLACKHAWKS GAME?

The Capitals-Blackhawks game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

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2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition set for Los Angeles.

Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

2018 NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

PODCAST: ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW, WIZARDS AT THE BREAK 

Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.

RELATED: BETTING ODDS FOR DUNK CONTEST, THREE-POINT CONTEST

Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.

RELATED: WIZARDS/BULLETS HISTORY ON ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.

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