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Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Posted on: March 2, 2010 11:20 am
Edited on: March 3, 2010 11:04 am
 

If this were a child birth, the head would be showing.

Big Ten expansion is moving along faster than Joy Behar's mouth. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that it makes financial sense for the league to add any one of at least five candidates -- Notre Dame, Missouri, Rutgers, Syracuse or Pittsburgh.

The story goes on to say those are only the "obvious" candidates. There could be others. In a sidebar, Rutgers is identified as the favorite! Missouri is second and Pittsburgh is third.

Whoa, slow down. I thought we were only in the discussion stage. Based on what has broken in the last few days, we're going to know a 12th Big Ten/11 team by the summer. Maybe more. The league isn't going to necessarily stop at one. If the Big 12 and Big East weren't on alert before, they are now.

This report answers a key question I had about this whole thing: Which of those schools bring enough to the table financially to guarantee a minimum $22 million payout per year. This tells me that the Big Ten TV partners -- Big Ten Network, CBS and ABC/ESPN -- have signed off on expansion as a profit center.

The Big Ten has hired an investment firm to analyze candidates. Last week Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez was quoted as saying the league had hired a research firm to look at 15 potential candidates. Alvarez the right school or schools would have to "buy their way in" to the Big Ten.

At least he was being honest about it.

I talked to a source familiar with the Pac-10 who said he isn't sure that league will do anything. Unlike the Big Ten, there aren't the slam dunk candidates out there. Utah and Colorado, for example, don't deliver that much to a 12-team league even with the addition of a championship game. He reminded me that Pac-10 fans, in general, don't travel well. What if you have, say, an Arizona-Stanford championship game?

Here's my overview from last month.

Keep those seat belts fastened. There's going to be turbulence. For sure.

 

Comments

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2010 7:43 am
 

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

I second that nomination



Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2010 6:33 am
 

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Obviously you think it is all about sports. When switching conferences only a little consideration goes in to the sports factor. First money makes the world go and football makes the most money out of college sports and this is fact not opinion. So the Big Ten wins that battle. Out of the major conferences the Big Ten is overall the most academically respected and advanced. So there is a lot more to consider than sports.



Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2010 1:12 am
 

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

The worldwide appeal of ND begs for the Big 10 network to make a loaded offer.  It would be the grand prize of any conference expansion. 

Barring that, I think Rutgers or Mizzou would make an excellent addition.  It doesn't much matter how good their various teams have been even for the last few decades.  Given the opportunities and money they'll receive as members of the Big 10, their future will get very bright.  I can say from my perspective U of Iowa has taken advantage of their position and the school has improved in many ways, not just what Hayden Fry/Kirk Ferentz have done on the gridiron.  If I'm hearing correctly, Penn State has seen some of the same fortune (farewell Cael Sanderson).



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2010 9:54 pm
 

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

"Just for grins, wouldn't it be funny if the Big Ten picked up Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri?  Then the Big Ten would be the only BCS conference to have a Championship Game." - NitroBuck

You know, I've never thought about Kentucky and the SEC... Nah, they'd never leave a weak basketball conference for a tougher one(Big Ten). They are the big fish in an average sized pond. Football wise - why would they (anyone) ever leave The SEC in football unless you're Arkansas. Maryland makes it interesting because The Big Ten gets that eastern team. We'll see but in all honesty I don't like it when premiere conference members move out to other conferences. It just makes bad traditional sense.






Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Panther4Life:  The only two strong candidates you mentioned are Missouri and Rutgers.  Iowa St does not bring enough to the table.  Iowa is a small media market, and the Big Ten already has it covered with the Hawkeyes.  Cincinnati & Louisville are Tier 3 Universities that do not meet the Big Ten's academic criteria.  Rutgers is a good academic fit.  Missouri is too, but it would be the lowest ranked academic institution in the conference...by a significant margin.  Syracuse does meet all criteria as well, but you are right about the Orange being deeply steeped in tradition as an Eastern power.  However, money talks.

Just for grins, wouldn't it be funny if the Big Ten picked up Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri?  Then the Big Ten would be the only BCS conference to have a Championship Game.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

I'm gonna throw my pennies into this bucket too. The only schools the Big Ten will get to choose from will be from these four:
1. Iowa State
2. Missouri
3. Cincinatti
4. Louisville
5. Rutgers

That's it. Nothing else. Syracuse/UConn/Pitt are as Big East as American Pie is to the U, S of A. My money is on Missouri as the St. Louis market is good for the Big Ten and Rutgers. Boston College will get invited back into the Big East. So when Rutgers goes Big Ten St. John's will be reborn as local NYC/NJ basketball talent will want to play closer to home in the best college basketball conference on this planet.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 7:40 pm
 

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

At first I thought Pittsburgh would be the best candidate. But as time goes on, I think that maybe Missouri brings more to the table. However, if the talk is about adding multiple teams, from your list I'd vote for those two and Syracuse. I just don't see Rutgers in the Big Ten.



Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 7:28 pm
 

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

The only thing that is truly apparent is your lack of awareness. Each Big Ten team pulls in ten times the revenue that any Big East team can hope to get. Look-up the facts on the differential per team revenue.  Why would any Big Ten team go to a financially rag-tag out as the Big East. It would be like J.P. Morgan voluntarily choosing to live at a Salvation Army shelter than The Ritz. He wouldn't even consider doing it! There is no point. Wake-up and smell the coffee and go back in your rabbit hole until it is safe for you to come out.



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2010 7:00 pm
 

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

which reminds most of us of the previous DC Administration.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2010 5:06 pm
 

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Goldpanther needs to stop huffing whatever household chemicals he has found in his Mom's basement.  The Big East stealing any schools from the Big Ten is purely delusional.  The Big East is a fine athletic conference, but the Big Ten is far more than just an athletic conference.


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