As the University of Hawai'i was looking for more cash from the new TV deal that will be presented soon, they will not have any share of the $18-20+ millions per year that will run through 2019-20.
And while MWC members who play national ESPN TV games will earn six-figure bonuses this year, Hawai'i will not. They will instead keep the local rights fee from Oceanic Time Warner Cable which is roughly $2.3 million a year. That is IF the Mountain West Conference gives Oceanic four games(home and/or road games)to keep the contract intact otherwise the amount will be less. UH will have two non conference games on Oceanic for a total of six games broadcast pay per view across the state.
Hawai'i was desperate to leave the sinking WAC and wanted to join the MWC but keep their local package with Oceanic, something no MWC member had. So you think what's the problem. UH will possibility get the same share as the rest of the MWC members with the Oceanic deal yet not get a piece of the MWC TV deal pie. The only way Hawai'i will get any share of the MWC TV deal is if all 11 other members reach the same $2.3 million and go over that amount and that will probably only happen to Boise State.
But Hawai'i is also paying for MWC teams to come to Honolulu and its not a two way street on the host MWC team to pay for Hawaii's travel to the mainland. New AD Ben Jay, a great number's guy, is desperately trying all possibilities to get UH back in the black and has already scheduled a $1 million guarantee game to play Michigan at the Big House in 2016 and more body bag games in the works. It will be hard to watch Hawai'i play multiple body bag games on the road getting blown out and coming home feeling like a FCS team after.
Now with the travel subsidies UH pays the MWC teams and the Big West teams and an annual $2 million debt in operating costs, Hawai'i needs any penny they can get to stay afloat in these hard times. Otherwise they can afford to keep football in the Mountain West or any non-major conference.