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Mountain West football: Who is leading the way the TV bonus money

With an early set of games scheduled for TV for the upcoming football season, let's waste some time and look at the early bonus payouts.

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The first set of televised games in the Mountain West have been announced with a slew of Friday, and a few Thursday games, and this will give us a chance to look at the television bonus payouts. As a reminder, each Mountain West controlled game that airs on national over-the-air channels, ESPN or ESPN2 earns $500,000 for Saturday games and non-Saturday games pay teams $300,000.

Boise State has a built-in advantage with five of their six home games guaranteed to be on an ESPN network, and that ensures them having a monetary advantage of the rest of the league. That advantage has drawn criticism from the league for giving Boise State a favorable deal, and the Broncos have earned $3.7 million in bonus money during the first two years of this payout structure.

Boise State has just two eligible games for a bonus payout when they play Air Force on ESPN2 and then hosting Washington on ESPN. Utah State and Fresno State actually are right there with Boise State with $600,000 as they have a pair of games on ESPN2.

UNLV, Wyoming, Nevada, San Diego State and Air Force each take home $300,000 in bonus money.