Matt Hayes of the Sporting News dropped this morsel into his column a few weeks ago:
Look for Notre Dame A.D. Kevin White to renegotiate the Irish's deal when the BCS and FOX open contract talks--possibly as early as this summer. As it is now, Notre Dame gets $4.5 million in years it goes to a BCS bowl (compared with $17 million for each BCS conference champion) and $1.3 million when it doesn't. That deal was made during the Ty Willingham era and probably cost the Irish about $12 million last year.We've talked about our poorly-negotiated BCS deal many times, but most notably when the new structure was originally announced.
Amazing how putting a good team on the field changes the dynamics of these things. Amazing.