Saturday, June 12, 2010
The expansion of College Football Conferences is about money/revenue. Whether we like it or not, Colleges have become Big Time Money makers/generators (ATMs). When the conference fight is finished, College Football will probably forever change as we know it (especially at the lower levels D-2 and D-3). Whether or not there are 4 superconferences, of 16 teams each remains to be seen, but the players are looking to "open up new markets for their conferences": Read here: get more TV money, more corporate sponsorship, and more research money for their institutions by establishing a new presence in dominant markets (Read here: percentage of viewership).
Think about it this way. If the SEC can get a Texas Team (preferably UT, then Tex A & M) that would mean millions more for the conference; however, even a team such as Baylor would also help to establish a presence in the State (my guess would be Texas, then A & M, then Tech , and lastly Baylor). A strong presence in Texas would be huge and virgin territory for raking in the dough.
Additionally, adding either Va Tech or Maryland would establish a presence in another virgin area develop even more money, but I think that the real prize is the Northeast. Think about what adding Syracuse, Rutgers, or Pitt would do in terms of adding revenue. Syracuse would add in the entire NE part of the US (wouldn't the talking heads at the 4-letter network have a cow to know that their pristine university was now affiliated with the hicks from the sticks in the SEC), and allow the SEC to dominate the once prevelant Big East! Rutgers would do the same as Syracuse only on a lesser scale while Pitt would allow the league to "invade" what is perceived to be the eastern skirts of Big 11 Country which would give the SEC a presence in Ohio, Pennsylvania and among other states such as New Jersey and New York. Remember, there is a significant portion of the US population that lives within this area (the Northeast) and think about what a TV contract for Football would mean when you went to negotiate a TV contract when 20% or so of that population is in play!
Before you start laughing, remember that I am not saying that this will indeed happen, but at one time Nebraska going to the Big 10 or Colorado to the Pac 10 would have been considered a joke as well.
** By the way, this would probably only work for College Football and possibly basketball given the distances of the schools from the historic members of the conference.
Posted by bigredbill at 12:18 PM