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Bill Moos talks Pac-12 TV contract, WSU football facilities upgrades, and athlete stipends

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Ever wonder exactly how much of the conference TV money is going into Martin Stadium? Bill Moos went on the radio to get into some of the specifics.

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It's no secret that the Pac-12's television contract has made a big impact on WSU's athletic department, and Bill Moos laid out the details with John Canzano on Sports 750 in Portland on Wednesday (interview can be found here--h/t Coug999).

Moos says that the Pac-12's TV deal gives WSU an average of $21 million per year. Nearly half of that--$10 million--is directed towards the yearly debt payment due on the premium seating upgrades to Martin Stadium and the football operations building currently under construction in the west end zone.

The Cougar AD also told Canzano that Mike Leach would have never landed in Pullman without the conference TV money. That shouldn't be a surprise as Leach's contract is well beyond anything the university had ever seen.

On the topic of paying athletes, Moos says the athletic department has estimated it would cost $350,000 to hand out extra $2,000 stipends (as has been proposed in the past).

He believes that this would be "money well spent" because time demands are far greater than in the past. Moos recalled his own playing days in the 1970s when he actually went home in the summer and got a job. These days, athletes typically expected to hang around for summer school and extra workouts.

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