I haven't seen this anywhere on the board yet and I figured this would make for a mildly interesting/amusing/soul-crushing first post:
Back in the spring of 2011, at the height of realignment uncertainty, ESPN tried to lock down the Big East... ESPN offered what was later reported to be a nine-year deal, worth $1.17 billion. That would have come out to about $130 million a year, top tier money but still behind the power conferences.
And then, the killing blow:
Today made official what had been reported last month: ESPN matched NBC Sports Network's offer, and locked down the Big East until 2020 for $126 million. That'd be seven years, at $18 million per. That's 14 percent of the annual payouts on the table two years ago, but who's counting?
Talk about picking up the table scraps... Ouch.