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IMO, its a philosophy discussion.
Shame or degrade the SEC basketball teams all you want, but the overall SEC fan population won't care. IMO they're focused on football & will gladly give 1-999 Million dollars in conference royalties to anyone, for another football championship next year. This is evident in all other sports, not just Basketball. The SEC treats its "other sports" like 2nd rate affiliations, not worthy of thier time or consideration... Track & Field, Volleyball, soccor, whatever... its not football, so WHO CARES?? If any University of the SEC deminishes their Football spending... lord have mercy.
Problem is when Media corporations come around to divy out their shares... SEC falls behind, and then wonders why? Who logically can say a company (SEC) that relies upon a single customer (football) for its income... should expect success (profit) 7 months outta 12? Especially when title IX is dragging this or that University down?
IMHO, the SEC has a football or die mentality? Nice to see one writer trying to bring light to something other than football. Good job Mr.SEC
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Remember When Dumping Divisional Play Was Supposed To Help SEC Basketball?
@alamoaggie08 Appearently, stepping down by JT is more effective - saving face?
I hear some Big10 bloggers calling him, "aw Gordon Gee-Wizz"... like Walley to Beaver combo, or something like that? If anything it's billboard material?
1 year, 4 months ago on OSU’s Gee Takes Shots At The SEC, Notre Dame, Catholics, And Everything Else Under The Sun
For the love of god.... please shut the hell up? Somebody stop this guy????? Oh my gosh is he full of himself and the Buckeyes?
Ok?, Ooooh-kay, ok.... maybe he has no filter between his brain & mouth? Still... No president should be saying this stuff! Privately... let it fly. Publically??? Com'on, use the standard protocal or political reponse? Unbelievable... you can NOT script this stuff if you tried....
@mowens75 NCAA requires at least 6 teams for a conference charter to remain intact.
For the Big12 hypothetical... If 6 teams left to go somewhere else, the conference could dissolve. Therefore the GOR might end. Or at least that's how I would view it? BUT... Like anything, changes could occur and the 4 remaining schools could quickly offer 2 other schools $$$ to join, and retain their conference charter... Therefore the GOR could still be in effect?
Point is, if someone wants to leave a conference, whom has a GOR... They have to negotiate their exit & release?
1 year, 6 months ago on Buck Up, Expansion Fans, You Might Be Thankful For This Unanswered Prayer
Man... Next thing you'll know is players "flopping" on field from "touch" contact, like soccor?
You can only hit here, here & here... everything else will get a penalty or ejection, and the refs will decide which or both. Good thing rule wasn't in place when Clowny hit that Michigan player? He'd probably be ejected for leading with his head...
1 year, 6 months ago on AU’s Johnson Says New Targeting Rule Is “Real Stiff”
@mowens75 Only thing I think the Irish cared about was having Notre Dame win football games? If Kelly didn't have a really good season, he might've been booted? But since they went 12-1, Irish got a fat deal from NBC (what I think they wanted all along). Interesting how Irish announced thier TV deal, and whalla... ACC announces their GOR... why didn't ACC announce their GOR back in Feb??? Courious.........
Also, Irish just wanted a better home for thier olympic sports, which they got by joining the ACC. They're probably setting everything on cruise control now? Sitting back and enjoying the free ride... all sponsored by the ACC.
1 year, 6 months ago on ACC Grant Of Rights Deal Could End Realignment Madness For A While
@bhoop Is that "true" happiness, or faked happiness by FSU? I wonder.... In my experience, sometimes you have to take what you can get. Knowing its less than what you think you're worth, but better than nothing. Settling is hard to stomach sometimes?
IMO, I feel each conference is satisfied with what they might've got. SEC expanded to Texas & Mizzu and has future rolling with SEC Network (winner). Big10 got MD & Rutgers and more eyeballs for its BTN (slight improvement). ACC stopped precieved bleeding with the GOR (wash... would be slight improvement if Irish joined fully or announced an ACC Network, but...). Big12 must be happy with its Champs Bowl vs SEC, and didn't lose Texas or Oklahoma (wash). PAC didn't get anything this last go-around of expansion (loser). That's how I'd score it?
@mowens75 @FCDore My guess would be... probably not. IF... Big10 can get 70-100M more per year from th Rutgers & MD additions. I think Big10 will take the money and turn a blind eye? Opposing fans may b!tch & moan about how Rut & MD are a football drain, but overall... they'll come around? Every conference has its share of bottom dwellers (some more than others).
As for FCDore... I don't think Delaney cares? He's probably too busy cranking out money with the BTN, to notice? Like Slive, its probably a "meh, next agenda item." kinda thing?
@SteveBull IMO, the ACC needs a network, bad. Right now they are expecting 17-20M ea (with Irish & Loui). But with the SEC, PAC, Big12 & Big10 all projecting higher than 25M ea... envy & greed will force the ACC to move. Its a good bet an ACC Network will happen. Timing is my question (and money)?
@DanHogan Maybe? In beginning... ACC Network may add 2-5 mill each??? It'll take time to build up revenue.
My question would be, what if ACC is at 25M ea with its Network... while the SEC, PAC12, Big12 & Big10 are well above 35M ea (same year)? Will re-alignment talks start again? Which ACC schools will have wandering eyes? Will schools start calculating time vs money, like in college... what is minimum final exam grade I need to get a C, B or A in this class?
@DanHogan This ACC GOR is a start, IMO. It will help solidify the conference. It "may" deter others from poaching?
As for the ACC Network, I'm unsure if ESPN can do both? Meaning SEC & ACC simultaneously... I think the ACC GOR helps them, but the SEC is still a step ahead, since it bought back all its Tier 3 rights. The ACC will need to do that for TV content, since ESPN own all its Tier 1 rights.
1 year, 6 months ago on What They’re Saying About The ACC’s Grant Of Rights Deal
It would probably create more opportunities for FB & BBall players to mess up? How many student athletes have the personal moral character to ALWAYS do the right thing? If 25% had the desire, yet limited capabilites-funding... That changes, with an increased stipend. Those same 25% now have their capabilities increased (same desire presumed)... Who wants more muggings on campus? Missing laptops? Spice flow? Designer drugs? Fighting with officers? Drunk & disorderlies? etc......
Remember these are 17 to 23 year olds with hormones raging & limited filtering systems in place.
1 year, 6 months ago on As Opposition To Stipends Increases, So Too Do The Chances Of A New Subdivision In College Sports
First step is payment, and IMO paying student athletes more than the cost of full tuition is dumb.
Money doesn't solve problems, it just creates more.
Agreed, Coach K is a smart man... Yet I feel he's missing about 1/2's of the picture, if thinking like a commish.
BBall is how long? 30-40 weeks with the Final 4 on CBS... What about the 12-22 weeks when BBall isn't "airing"? Re-runs on the ACC-network for 3-6 months, or longer? Conferences need more than one sport for year round, live, events to keep fans interest. Having a bell cow or two in a particular sport is great... use them as he suggested. I just don't know if one sport can carry a network by itself? Worth a shot, and better than not doing nothing?
1 year, 6 months ago on Krzyzewski On New ACC: “Most Powerful Basketball Conference…Ever”
@JRsec I don't know...
1. In today's world top officials move around. They rise & fall due to support by the regents, staff, and their accomplishments. Some think (like me) that Loh is very talented & great at his job. He stepped into MD hoping to fix the issues ($ xx Million in dept). Due to lack of public support, Loh & Anderson had to temporary decline MD funding of 7 varsity sports. IMO, Loh wanted the Athletic Department to be self-suffiant, and their current revenue model was not or could not reduce the AD dept quickly enough.
- Some might say bring that concern to the public, and let them further support those sports via fund raisers & what-not. Loh did. That's why one varsity sport was saved, because it generated enough money to keep going for 1 more year. The others didn't.
- Some might say raise gate costs, and let the events pay or reduce the dept. I think Loh did that too? But now attendance was dropping, and the money maker (ie football) had empty seats & skyboxes.
- Some might say just dip into the schools tuition fund, have the students foot the bill. Not sure here, but I think the students already were concerned about sponsoring or supplimenting varsity sports. I think Loh did not do this?
- Some might say Loh should've pimped out the varsity sports naming rights to corporations and advertisement groups. I think Loh did that to temporary stop the bleeding, but it still wasn't enought.
- If all else fails... Look for a larger payday, somewhere? Loh did that by agreeing to join the Big10. This last resort is what I think fans are upset with... IMO, MD fans might feel resentment for having to turn to another conference for help, because their current predicament isn't being solved by conventional methods? Those fans blame Loh (right or wrong). They weren't unhappy with the ACC, they were broke.
IMO, it wasn't Loh's fault. He did what had to be done. Had nothing to do with his roots? IMO, it was the right thing to do to wipe the slate clean. Other Presidents & AD's who face similar issues, may not be so lucky? I hope their heritage doesn't stop them from doing what's best for their Universities.
1 year, 6 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move
@DanHogan @John at MrSEC like for CONSPIRACY !
"who I have to wonder might be the most likely to be a one of those leaks that both Loh and Delany felt could sabotage the deal,"
- good one :)
1 year, 7 months ago on Realignment-Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move
@Roggespierre Good points, I agree with most... for discussion's sake, here's my thoughts?
More importantly, the ACC needs to win the lawsuit - or at least make it very expensive for Maryland to leave - if it is to remain a power conference.
- Why? Why must money equate to remaining a power conference? Even if the ACC gets all $52M and some more, is the public preception or pier conference perception changed (maybe even improved)? IMO, I don't think pier conferences really care, just as long as their Universities get paid similar amounts/TV revenues. Since "power" is now typically inferring to collective athletic $$$ & TV contracts.
Maryland insiders are accustomed to the traditions of the ACC... They will miss their (almost) annual home basketball games with Duke and North Carolina.
- From what I've read, it sounded like MD didn't have a natural rival within the ACC (to be fair, they may not have one in Big10 either)? Even coach K said Dook didn't believe MD was their rival, and he was disappointed in MD leaving. Not because of their matches, but because of public perceptions turning against the ACC, and possibly mislabling the ACC as "weak" compared to other conferences?
As a basketball-oriented school, they also resent that their favorite sport is not nearly as important as football.
- I understand that football drives the bus. But why is it that if an University excells in basketball or lacrosse or baseball, they feel unwelcomed or unworthy? Isn't it better to be accepted as is. IMO, I think many lose sight of the benefits other sports provide, even title IX? I'm not a fan of putting all your eggs in one basket? I understand milking rabib fans for contributions in sports that have massive followings, and capitalizing on that to ensure your athletic department is profitable. But if another sport becomes the next big thing, and MD sponsors it... Isn't that an overall good thing?
McMillan is a very smart and accomplished guy.... Generally, people tend to challenge process only when they do not like the outcome.
- IM(mostHumble)O... I think McMillian is playing the political game? I feel he's posturing himself to be considered a "big-wig" within the MD school system & regents. That's why he's making such a fuss, because he was NOT part of the "in-crowd" early discussions. He felt left out, and is now trying to gain support (via mutany style). All his arguments boil down to, "I don't like this or that". So I'm going to smear my own University to get what I want (boo-hoo). Even if his points are valid... He sure isn't helping anything, and instead seems to revel in stirring the emotionally filled, MD pot? Again, IM(mostHumble)O can't he work with Loh and MD behind closed doors? Does the MD public need to know, during a bathroom break Loh & Anderson discussed a coaches salary vs wins? I'm not suggesting blindly following top officials decisions. I just think there could've been a better way of voicing concern... like maybe a blog :)
Timeline for conferences (my guess):
- The SEC will announce that the SEC-N will be launched in June/July 2013 with financial details undisclosed (ie not the millions / school). Due to the low amount the SECN will generate, the SEC must slowly accumulate the funds (ie buyout costs) for additional members. This will place some current SEC members at risk, like Kentucky and Mizzu (they won't move, but eyes be shifting all over). It'll also mean UNC, NCSt, VT, basically anyone who's affiliated with the ACC, gets at least a 3 year breather knowing the SEC is financially strapped. Don't look for any movement by the SEC until 2017-18 <strong>MINIMUM<strong>.
- The Big12... Currently they're happy that Texas is sleeping. If Texas continues to slumber, the Big12 won't do anything, and it'll survive... although severely weakened and acting like a CUSA-WAC affilate. Their GOR won't stop others from looking, but it will make poaching from PAC12 or Big10 harder. Timing for ISU, KU or OU will be "top secret". Don't expect any news from any of those 3... Only hope for insider new is Oky State, where Boon might let something slip? Big12 may alliance itself with a scared ACC to bolster itself over the next 3-5 years, since it too is weak.
- Big10... It just finished eating MD & Rutgers... All conferences should be safe until 2015-16 and possibly longer? Guessing 2017-18, Big10 will have <strong>MONSTER<strong> TV deal for Tier 1 rights. With coffers overflowing, expect the Big10 to be on the hunt. My guesses are UVA, KU, ISU, UK, Pitt, Mizzu, Cuse, with slim possibilities of UNC, GT, FSU, Navy & Dook... Huge long shots are Tx, Domers, TN & FSU, but most are too far south and everyone knows Domers would rather commit mass suicide than join the Big10. The real question will be how big does the Big10 really want to go?
- Pac12... They're the true "unknown". More & more pressure will be put on the Pac12 to do something, and I'm betting they won't do anything? Not because they can't, or won't... But because of public perception. Since few fans are voicing <strong>ANYTHING<strong> at all, the Pac12 will "monitor" and watch everything from afar. If they can be sorta relevant come playoff time, they'll be happy enough. No need to upset the apple cart, or even jiggle it. The Pac12 will become CFB's largest savings bank that side of the Mississippi river, flush with cash, buying power galore. Yet no ka-honas to do anything, until it's too late?
- Finally the ACC... Who's that? You know, the formerly known as Big East? Yeah them. Anyways, they will hunker down, cursing god for leaving them in their time of need. Slowly they'll feel secure as the techtonics cool over time, but dought will always be there. Swafford will hope no ACC president will pay attention to the future payouts of the SEC, Big12, Big10 & Pac12. When the ACC Presidents do question the conference's leadership... the ACC Network will "pop" out of nowhere to smother the antagonists (pollitical postering which every US citizen has seen time & time again). The ACC-N will be even less successful than the SECN, but Swafford (if still in charge) can point to it, saying "We have one too, its not his fault?" My guess is that by <strong>2018<strong> the ACC Presidents will be fed up with the 10, 20 or 30 Mill difference... Getchya popcorn ready, cause the show will begin right around then. Don't be late.
1 year, 7 months ago on UF President: SEC Could Expand If An “Ace Jewel” Came Calling
@ppbrittain FSU would hold its own, if invited to BIG.
Not sure either, I think if University Presidents are truly banding together to exclude a potential memeber just because of gamesmanship or something petty... They're doing their conference, University & position a dis-service. People make mistakes, hopefully others can compensate?
True. Sometimes I wonder how big or how many should be within a conference?
1 year, 7 months ago on FSU A.D. Spetman Talks Openly About Switching Conferences… And The SEC
Notre Dame didn't have AAU status, yet they got a Big10 invite in 1998-2000 timeframe.
I see the AAU status as more like fast tracking or highlighting universities towards Big10 membership. Its not a sacred cow, just strongly emphasized or desired.
This quote from Spetman almost killed me, "It would be great to be in the SEC".... wait for it. wait. wait.
WWWwwwwhhhaaaaaaaat? <slow motioned head turning upwards, eyes wide open, yet can't stop staring at screen>... I need the Etrade Baby jif doing his, "Here's my shocked face.... whaaat!"
Good write-up MrSEC... I think you've capture the essence of FSU's delima, especially this part.
"It’s not done, Spetman said regarding realignment. I watch it every day (me too.), reading something about it every day (me too!), trying to get a sense and calling my counterparts (braggard.) and seeing where they’re really at (I just got fellow bloggers?).” Spetman also said FSU brass have, “had conversations at the senior level about what we should consider.” He added: “There will be more of those conversations — they’ll continue. It’s an evolution every day.” ACC commissioner John Swofford must love reading that."
Is it wrong to secretly enjoy others hypothetical sufferage? Then plot their ultimate downfall, like playing the game Risk?
@Seanbo If a conference really, really, really, really, REALLY wants someone... They'll get them. Question is, how much did they have to give up, in order to get them?
If the SEC Presidents thought... IDK, Montana State? was the key to increasing their own revenue by infinity. You can bet your house & mine that all the SEC Presidents (and Slive too) would be wining & dining Montana State's President & B.O.Ds something serious.
@Seanbo @JRsec @Roggespierre IMHO, I too think its about subscribers. Disagree that one conference could monopolize a region, because the population is diverse. Meaning, how many Bama & Auburn fans make-up that state's population? I'd guess 60-70%, and the remaining fans are not interested or root for maybe SCar, or maybe transplanted from Oregon... IDK? Plus, how many can afford cable? They may just have a converter box or antenii up? The percentages go down as you look harder at whom has what, where & why? Bottom line...it isn't 100% of Alabama's population that may supports an SEC Network?
IMHO, if a conference can get $2, $3 or $4 per subscriber... they're doing good. Cash in, exit stageright.
@SouthernBoiSB It's gotta be much simpler than that? I think MrSEC is stating that expansion will never die (kinda indirectly)? Thinking about how history repeats itself... Conferences expand, then for some reason divide, then they gobble up schools to expand again, then divide. It's a never ending cycle?
Or... maybe its are just like watching an amoeba's life-cycle?
1 year, 8 months ago on Don’t Like The Idea Of 20-Team Conferences? Don’t Worry, They Won’t Last Long
@Roggespierre @larryphelps20 @JRsec <points finger> Sequester, Sequester, Sequester............... Sequester. Just kidding, guess I shouldn't fan the flame, I might get burned or look like a conspiracy collaborator?
In all seriousness, individual funds maybe safed or directed or issued by the NSF, NIH, DOE or DOD... but if a congressman has an earmark or a lobbyist or whatever, whispering sweet nothings in their ear....... Maybe larryphelps20 has a point? I'm sure they don't work in a vaccume, I hope?
I think AllTideUp has it right... I also think expansion & conference networks are keys to longterm stability (choose the right Universities appears to be next?).
JRsec, I think the Big12 is stronger than the ACC. They have better FB, a better ESPN contract, a better bowl lineup, and a Grant of Rights agreement... If I were to guess about the future, I'm envisioning the Big East & ACC combining into a new conference (once everybody is done selecting ACC schools they want)? I also feel only 2 things can save the ACC... 1) A similar Big12 G.O.R's agreement, or 2) Some type of OOC partnership with either the Big10, Big12, Pac12 or SEC?
@larryphelps20 I agree. If you look at the conferences & what holds them together, the following works pretty good.
Historic & Geographic related Athletics.
Plus a bunch of other University clubs like the NCAA and what-nots.
It appears the heart of some Conferences are acedemics, not athletics. Maybe that works?
@Roggespierre @larryphelps20 TV Networks are just not as strong as the Federal Government. The grants & research dollars put at risk, overshadow any of the above Universities from moving &/or forming their own acedemic or athletic partnership. It would be a bad bet, no matter how well a TV Network(s) "wheels-n-deal" their packaged scenario(s).
It would be better to believe in the Mayian's prediction, or lottery numbers, or world peace, than believing the select few Universities noted above would break from their current conferences.
@DanHogan Not disagreeing with you. But if you were to rank the sports, wouldn't you come up with Football, Basketball, Hockey, Baseball/softball, volleyball, soccor, T&F-XC, Gym & Wrestling, Tennis, Swim&Dive, Golf, Rowing, LAX and finally Field Hockey? Base your rankings on how many fans show up, and I think the above is pretty close to what each conference draws (some schools may draw more for wrestling than T&F-XC, but think of averages from a conference stand point).
Guess my point is that its just another selling point for TV markets & conferences (every little bit helps)?
1 year, 8 months ago on Big Ten To Add More Conference Games; Is This Another Lure For UVA, GT, UNC And Duke?
@JRsec @ezgame You're right, I haven't been following the Tier 3 rights (too complicated & unpredictable). The numbers I have are:
Big10 = 24.0 (2011), 26.2 (2012), 30.4 (2013), 29.1 (2014), 30.6 (2015), 30.2 (2016), 49.1 (2017), 51.7 (2018), 54.7 (2019) & 58.2 (2020). These include a 15% increase in viewship by MD & NJ/NYC, a $350 iincrease in 2017 by ESPN, and the pie is split 15 ways (1 extra for BTN itself). Oh, and if you add 2014-19 years & subtract the ACC's TV monies, you get 102.5 Mill more... which was a selling point for MD?
SEC = 22.1 (2011), 21.9 (2012), 22.7 (2013), 25.5 (2014), 25.5 (2015), 25.5 (2016), 26.2 (2017), 27.7 (2018), 32.6 (2019) & 34.8 (2020). These include a quicker increase to both ESPN's "look-in" clause & the SEC Network (presuming ESPN won't let SEC go to Fox or NBC). FYI; I guessed that the 150 would increase to 200 by 2014, and again to 300 by 2019. I also presumed the SEC Network launches in 2016 (with 0%, 5%, 10%, jump per "look-in", 10%, 10%, and 15% increases for last 3 yrs of TV contract... these %'s noted are faster than BTN's % growths due to rabid fan base). I also bumped teams from 12 to 13 in 2012, and to 14 in 2014 to reflect partical & full memberships of Mizzu & TAM.
Disclaimer: these are my numbers (built on what I've read), nobody elses & probably not entirely correct. But they give me a point of reference, that I believe in... so take as drop in bucket approach.
Point is, a writer from the Washington Post said during the 2012 MD acceptance press conference that by 2020, the Big10 would be around a projected 50M each school (I got 58.2). Plus some noted the SEC would be around a projected 35M each school (I got 34.8) during same time (not including Tier 3's). The difference of 58.2-34.8 = 23.4M is large, and it continues to increase as time goes on. Only thing that decreases that gap is the SEC's TV Contract negotiations in 2025-26, where I believe Silva will really work CBS & ESPN for 1 billion per year (I got 637M in 2023). Aren't those figures just rediculas... 1 billion a year for 14 schools is 71.4M each, and the Big10 is right there with 73.7M each... O.M.G. boggles my mind. But its what the SEC will need to do if they want to keep pace?
Kinda interesting.... Nobody is talking Wake Forest? Is there something wrong with that University, or are others just more attractive right now?
1 year, 8 months ago on Which Conference Will Win The Realignment War? It Depends On Your Definition Of “Win”
Oh and MrSEC... I really, really like your "Big Bang Theories", and "who wins", and "more conference games" articles.
Please keep up good work.
FYI: maybe new article is "Bowl Envy"... eh? You can write about how the Big10 is looking for better or different bowls. How the Big12 & SEC are watching. How the ACC is reluctantly agreeing or bent over a barrel, if Big10 comes calling with a bowl? You could even paint a picture of the Big10 being the money bullies of the north? Where Jim is dictating to MSG or the Yes Network how his conference bowls should be run??? Good stuff huh. I'd read it. I'm a conference/college football/expansion junkie... I can't help it.
I enjoyed everyones input from the comments below. Really got into what makes a conference choose which university (money, AAU status, geography-location, tradition, branding, etc). Also, really enjoyed the debates of... if this then that, may happen... Good stuff, guys. Really!
For my 2 cents: IMHO, being a Big10 fan, the beauty of the BTN is 3 fold. One, its an equal partnership between all participating universities. Two, it is its own network, not a channel within ESPN. Three, the BTN is supported or sponsored by Fox, not ESPN (nothing personal against ESPN, but they're just too big. You may not get your local team televised, or you're at ESPN's mercy... unless you pay more for "ESPN on demand"). Yes, there are areas of improvement that the BTN can & should review. But overall it is satisfactory for me.
Now the reason that spurred this comment. Some believe the BTN is in the drivers seat ("catbird seat" was the term used below)? I agree. Some believe the 2016-17 BTN TV contract will be huge, and possibly overshadow the SEC, PAC12, Big12 & ACC contracts? I agree. Here's the debate... Some believe ESPN might skew or save a conference by influencing a particular university from leaving? Possible, but not probable, and here's why.
Part 1: IMHO, ESPN is currently under contract with the ACC for $3.6B 15yrs (yr 2 is 2013). If UNC or whomever were to do an analysis of money in 2018, I'm confident the BTN would be around the reported $40 Mill vs the ACC's contract of $17 Mill (40-17 = 23, vs 35-17 = 18). Choice is clear, BTN & Big10 conference are clear winners with a minimum estimate of $5Mill more than SEC, and $23Mill more than ACC. But the true beauty is that these figures are MINIMUMs, which may not include what the BTN will pull in with the additions of NYC, DC & Baltimore areas (might have 1 years worth of data). Those local TV agreements may boost the BTN's revenue another $50 to +500 Mill each yr, depending upon basic cable subscribers per year? As more & more people become comfortable with the product, more & more cable subscribers will buy the BTN in surrounding areas. The BTN is a self generating monster, which every universitites graduating class will go forth and multiply (whether urban or suburban, local or national).
Part 2: The Big10 & BTN gets some of its money from basic cable subscribers (49%). Some from ESPN Tier 1 & 2 rights ($100Mill per yr), and even some from Bowls & Final 4 appearances. Why not use the BTN profits (49%) to guide the next round of TV negotiations in 2016/17? If the BTN is pulling in $300 mill, should that not be the starting point for the next go around of Tier 1 & 2 TV rights? Why would the Big10 regress to the $100 Mill point back in 2006-07? I say push the envelope, start bidding at $300 or $350 Mill per yr (knowing exactly what the BTN has AND what the ACC, SEC, Big12 & Pac12 contracts were-are). I truly think the Big10's 2016-17 TV contract will be the first $5 Billion dollar deal ever for Tier 1 & 2 rights (well maybe 4.75 or 4.8), with time length of 10 to 15 yrs. I just don't see any conference keeping pace, even if ESPN were to double all existing contracts. Time will tell.
Lastly, everything is uncertain & these are just my thoughts & feelings. It would be nice (like having cake & eating it too) if the Big10 would win a Natty now & then :) So for you SEC homers... good job winning 7, 8, 9 or 10 in a row... Big10 is coming (one of these years).