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Posted: Wednesday October 19, 2011 5:07PM ; Updated: Wednesday October 19, 2011 5:07PM

Big East was working on TV rights before losses

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Big East Commissioner John Marinatto says conference leaders were working on a plan to hand over the member's most lucrative television rights to the league before Syracuse and Pittsburgh decided to leave.

Marinatto says the league plans to revive discussions about grant of rights when the conference becomes more stable.

A grant of rights is a contractual agreement between a conference and a school that makes switching leagues virtually impossible. The school would have to leave its TV rights behind.

Marinatto calls the grant of rights the most effective tool to reinforce stability in a conference.

The Big East is trying to reconfigure as a 12-team football league. It has a plan in place but has not yet invited any new members.

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