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BYU Makes Long-Term Deals With ESPN, Notre Dame

BYU's first official day as an football independent was a busy one. The Cougars agreed to an 8-year TV deal with ESPN and agreed to a multi-year series with Notre Dame.

ESPN will televise a minimum of three BYU home games on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Additional games could be on ESPNU. BYU will recieve up to $1.2 million per game on the WWL. The pact runs through 2018. Any games not carried by ESPN will be broadcast live on BYUtv.

ESPN will help BYU with its scheduling during the 8-year pact.

BYU also announced that they will join the West Coast Conference for sports other than football. The WCC consists of private, faith-based institutions and includes Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, and San Diego.

The Notre Dame contract states that there will be six games between the Fighting Irish and the Cougars between now and 2020. BYU also reached an agreement with the WAC to have at least three games a season with members of that conference. The deal alleviates concerns that the independent Cougars will have trouble finding 12 football opponents once they the Mountain West Conference.

BYU currently has multi-year deals with Texas, Notre Dame, Boise State and Oregon State for the near future.

Today's actions were the latest BYU moves in response to watching their cross-state Rival Utah jump to the Pac-10.