ESPN has until Thursday to match NBC Sports Network's seven-year, $20-$23 million per year offer to retain the Big East's media rights, league sources told ESPN.
Boise State is trying to get the Big East and Mountain West to allow the Broncos to retain their home television rights, to guarantee which conference the school ends up in, sources told ESPN.
When Syracuse announced last year it was leaving the Big East for the ACC, former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said it "ripped out the heart" of the league's seven Catholic basketball schools.
The Big East's presidents are expected to approve a two-division format Tuesday for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
The American Athletic Conference will announce on Thursday the creation of the Miami Beach Bowl to be played at Marlins Park starting in 2014, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.