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Digest (March 27): American Athletic Conference, ESPN agree to 12-year contract

Digest (March 27): American Athletic Conference, ESPN agree to 12-year contract

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said the media rights deal that was announced on Wednesday "totally justifies" the Naval Academy's decision to join the American Athletic Conference . ESPN and the American Athletic Conference announced a 12-year contract that will begin during the 2020-2021 academic year. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Sports Business Journal reported the deal is worth $1 billion. If that figure is accurate, the annual payout for all the full-fledged member schools would be approximately $7 million. That would result in a $5 million per year increase per school as compared to the previous contract. "This is an historic day for the conference....

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