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Those number weren't actually used by Mizzou, those are the numbers that were used by the Pro-SEC faction within the Mizzou administration to try to convince the university to make the move, by showing the long term best case scenario.
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I think the author meant viewers, rather than households, because the population of West Virginia is about 2 Million, while the population of Missouri is about 6 million. At least he was consistent, so it doesn't really change anything about his arguement, 6mil households=6million people, under 2 million households=under 2 million people.
The hate for one another among Texas's many universities runs long and deep, going back to the SWC heritage. It's not a question of the number of A&M fans (Although we do have the second largest contingent in that state, with Tech a very distant 3rd) that will watch A&M, it's a question of how many Texan College Football fans will watch A&M games.
A&M fans watch UT, TT, BU etc. just to see them lose, and in turn they all watch A&M games to see us lose. I think most of those fan-bases generally rooted for TCU to win, just because they were the little program that could, and most other major Texas football programs didn't compete with them directly (I doubt Baylor rooted for them en mass as they played one another fairly often) but I think that will change once they are in the Big 12.
Then there is a large contingent of Texans who don't have strong allegiances to any particular school, or their family allegiances are so widely split among many schools that they root for whoever has the best chance to represent the State on a national scale that year. I had a lot of friends who felt this way growing up, they still watched all the programs play on Saturday.
There will be plenty of eyes in Texas watching A&M as we compete in the SEC, the numbers will be there, don't you worry about that.
Let's hope you're right. Personally I would love to see an SEC Network in the same mold as BTN, I think that would do more to elevate the visibility and status of SEC Universities and their athletic programs than anything else. My Aggies will bring the viewers, Mizzou fans usually make a pretty good showing as well, all we need now is for the Commish to get a deal inked to net the cash. Thank God we finally have a proactive conference Commissioner worth his paycheck instead of a bumbling, powerless reactive figurehead (lookin' at you Beebe).
Gig 'Em Slive! Get it done, and make us all rich.