HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An agreed-upon merger between the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA, which was set to take place at the start of the 2013-2014 season, "probably will not happen," according to a source, as reported by CBSSports.com
The two conferences agreed in principle to the merger many months ago, but have now found deficiencies in revenue sharing, marketing and television deals, which could end up costing the conference millions, the report said.
The two options laid on the table by both sides have been to either merge both conferences into one super-conference, or dissolve both conferences completely and reform a new league set to begin in 2013-2014. While the former is now unlikely, both conference presidents said they will make a formal decision in early June.
Universities involved in the discussions were the United States Air Force Academy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Colorado State University, East Carolina University, Fresno State, University of Hawai'i, Marshall University, University of Nevada, Reno, University of New Mexico, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Rice University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Texas at El Paso, Tulane University, The University of Tulsa and University of Wyoming. With the exception of Hawaii as a football-only member, the participation would involve all sports.
Chris Tanaka will have more on this story tonight on Hawaii News Now.