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But while the AAC has been able to hang on the football field, it lags considerably in revenue compared to the Power Five conferences. Those leagues have billion-dollar media rights deals while the AAC's current deal with ESPN (which runs out in 2020) reportedly has close to a $2 million annual payout per school.
"We currently lack the financial resources of many of the other P6 universities, but we'll get there," Aresco said. "We have the will, and we have the ability."