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Boise State nets $600K in bonuses, more money on the way

The Mountain West and ESPN announced the times and matchups of seven games for the 2013 football season on Tuesday.

Air Force (3), Boise State (2), San Jose State (2), Fresno State (1), Nevada (1), New Mexico (1) San Diego State (1), UNLV (1) and Utah State (1) will all appear on the ESPN family of networks next fall.

In accordance to the new television contract, ESPN and CBS are set to air up to 44 conference games on various platforms during the 2013 season.

Today’s news means Boise State will appear on ESPN/ABC at least five times this fall.

In addition to their non-conference game at BYU and their road game at Fresno State, the Broncos are guaranteed at least three nationally televised home games on ESPN, ESPN 2 or ABC a year.

Currently, the only home game that has been picked up so far is on Friday, Sept. 13, when Boise State hosts Air Force on ESPN at 6:00 p.m. (MT).

This means Boise State is $600,000 richer as of today, with at least $600,000 more in guarantees on the way.

Those games could be worth up to $1.0 million if they are played on Saturday, and as of this moment, the only open dates on the Broncos’ broadcast schedule are for their Saturday games.

2013 MW Football Television Schedule
Friday, Sept. 13 - Air Force at Boise State, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Sept. 20 - Boise State at Fresno State, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Sept. 27 - Utah State at San Jose State, 7:00 p.m (ESPN)
Friday, Oct. 4 - Nevada at San Diego State, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Nov. 8 - Air Force at New Mexico, 7:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
Thursday, Nov. 21 - UNLV at Air Force, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Friday, Nov. 22 - Navy at San Jose State, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

- If the remaining five Boise State home games are picked up by ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC, the University could net an additional $2.5 million if all those games are played on a Saturday. Of those games, at least three have to be played on a Saturday, per the new television contract. (Reminder: The new television contract also states that ESPN holds the rights to all of the Broncos’ home games, however, CBS may negotiate with ESPN to swap a home contest for a road contest.)

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)