"We always keep our television partners close to us,’’ (DeFilippo) said. "You don’t get extra money for basketball. It’s 85 percent football money. TV - ESPN - is the one who told us what to do. This was football; it had nothing to do with basketball.’’It's not really fair to the Big East to watch ESPN orchestrate its death in concert with the ACC. But that's where we are. Is there any doubt that ESPN wields far too much influence on the existence and outcomes of sports?