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Exactly. UConn doesn't use questionable accounting practices and likes to separate their medical research expenditures from their non medical research expenditures. This does not mean they are 2 separate entities, however. The medical and University are still the University of Connecticut and should be added. Just about every other school that has a medical research expenditure adds it to their University research expenditure. I was simply pointing that out to MrSEC to make his numbers more accurate but ti seems he would rather overlook this part.
And your TV numbers are misleading for Bc and UConn whether you want to admit it or not. Most readers of this site probably are not familiar with the tv markets and demographics in New England so you can get away with framing the data the way you decided. The fact is BC would not be carried across the entire state of Mass. They would be covered in the Boston market and eastern Mass but central and Western Mass they would not get into many households. I would guess that BC would get into about 20-40% of households in Mass. UConn on the other hand would get close to 100% penetration in CT, most likely 65-80% of all households in CT.
You then ask why B1G would have taken Rutgers and MD over UConn. That is quite simple and you answered it in this piece and last piece.... TV numbers. NJ is one of the most populated states and gives entry into NYC along with Philly. Rutgers alone doesnt give the B1G NYC however. Not many people in NYC car all that much about Rutgers but if they are combined wtih UConn, ND, or Cuse that would lockdown the NYC market for the B1G. UConn is the most popular college in NYC when you combine football with basketball otherwise it is Rutgers, ND, Penn St then UConn when talking only football.
MD is another state that is more populated than CT. They also have reach into the DC market which is great for the BTN. Combine that with a reach into Philly also and in a swift calculated move Delaney just poached an ACC school with the richest media market. He also doubled down on the Philly market shoring that up by adding both Rutgers and MD.
Delaney is extremely intelligent. Right now he really wants UVA because that will give him the entire DC market and NOVA along with a lot of Virginia. Which is why UConn or BC seem like logical choices, with UConn being a better fit. IF Delaney takes UVA and UCOnn he not only dominates the DC market but will dominate the NYC Market as well along with having reach into the Boston market because UConn does have a reach that far since their brand is so strong in New England with alumni based in Boston and other parts of Mass. BC doesnt give the B1G an opportunity to capture the NYC market or even the entire state of Mass. UConn not only gives you the entire state of CT but a larger dominating share of NYC (when combined with Rutgers, Penn St) but also parts o Mass and the other large city, Boston, in New England. Rutgers and MD are also flagship AAU schools and UConn is on its way to being voted into the AAU in the near future.
UNC is probably the 2nd choice of Delaney but I doubt the SEC allows Delaney to come into the south and poach UNC. UNC also doesnt view themselves as a nothern school and would much rather align themselves with a southern conference.
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@Quidam65 UNC and Duke are joined at the hip. If you want UNC you have to take Duke. That is something the SEC and B1G would agree to because UNC is the jewel of all the schools in the south that is not in the SEC. Duke in the SEC also gives Vandy another small private school to compete against while they dont threaten the football powers.
I am also seeing UConn is ranked #77 for research expenditures yet you have them outside the top 100. They also plan on increasing their research by $90-100 million over the next few years.
Your numbers for BC and UConn are inaccurate. UConn gets more press in the Boston Globe then BC to begin with. BC doesnt have a reach accross the entire state of Mass and doesnt even really captivate the Boston market either. UConn on the other hand has reach into Western Mass (springfield region) and has reach into the NYC market because of Fairfield County (which is part o the NYC DMA). SNY (NYC based network) doubled their UConn content on their network because the ratings for UConn sports is so high.
In addition UConn has steadily been rising in the US News rankings over the years and has been increasing its research money and hiring more staff and faculty than any school in the nation. In the next 3-10 years UConn will be part of the AAU. IN fact UConn is already part of the international AAU group. Add to the fact that UConn is the only Flagship university in New England while being one of the most affluent states in the country and there is massive potential for growth. This is important to the B1G with their network because they would be able to charge a higher rate in CT for their network and the people would pay for it because UConn basketball is the pro sports in CT. Football is only 10 years old and their recruiting has progressively gotten better each year even though the results on the field have faltered after their BCS bid a couple years ago.
There is a reason Silve called UConn a sleeping giant and Delaney mentioned Southern New England on a few occasions when talking about the B1G network reaching from Southern New England to Northern Virginia. Rutgers does not capture Southern New England and Delaney is from Jersey so he is well aware of what Southern New England is located. He also always mentions flagships research universities. The only school in Southern New England that fits that description is UConn. That does not mean UConn is going to be a choice for the B1G but they are on their radar