yeah, they will cry until the money truck backs inI think this is incredibly naive ... my business partner is a Terp and he hates this. He doesn't care about the money. He can't believe that they expect people like him to travel to Michigan, and Ohio, and Iowa for games. It's idiotic. He could care less about those teams. He grew up and went to school there and cares about the old rivalries. It isn't like one day he is all the sudden see that they get about 5 million more in conference $s and get excited about playing Iowa in Ames.
I think this is incredibly naive ... my business partner is a Terp and he hates this
Your business partner is hardly the lone hater.
On the ground it runs about 95 % against the move. Maybe 5% with some anti-Coach K ambivalence. And 0% excitement.
TERPS fans are just stunned that the reality will soon set it.
Nobody blames the Big 10. TERPS will do their best to be loyal new members of the Midwest.
The blame lies with the Terrapin management of the last 10 years who took a solid profitable program and ran it into irreversible financial ruin.
If you read and follow some of the staggeringly bad decisions, it becomes almost comical.
No amount of money is going to suddenly fix the issues either. It is a poor short-term bandaid that destroys 70 years of tradition.
Nebraska, Colorado, WVU, A&M, Utah, TCU, and even Missouri all embraced their moves.
Maryland nation is really disgusted and depressed.....
my business partner is a Terp and he hates this.
All this says to me is that the ACC exit fee will end up being between 20-30mm .
then tell your business partner to pony up 30 million dollars a year, and that way, the Terps stay put. Jim Delany has a song he sings every night, it is Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song, and he likes to croon out this little bit of the song especially; "We come from the land of the ice and snow, From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow. How soft your fields so green, can whisper tales of gore, Of how we calmed the tides of war. We are your overlords."Obviously my partner doesn't have 30 million, and it isn't his responsibility to do so even if he did. The point I was contradicting was when you said that as soon as the money starts rolling in the fans will be singing a different tune. I'm telling you that won't happen. Over time newer fans will adjust to the B1G ... say in 2 decades or more, but if you think the old ACC guard are suddenly going to become B1G fans because they get a few more million per year to get beat down even worse than they used to, you are wrong. Your statement was patently incorrect, and your response a non sequiter. Focus and stay on subject.
All this says to me is that the ACC exit fee will end up being between 20-30mmThe problem for Maryland is that the ACC has every reason to take this all the way ... there will be no comprimise. While I am not of the opinion that the ACC is not at risk to get blown up as most B1G fans here would love to see, there is no doubt that the remaining schools that voted for this - all but maryland and FSU - will want this enforced to raise the barrier to exit. It would be great to be an attorney for the ACC on this ... you could easily get a couple of your kids paid for all the way through grad school on the fees this will generate.
And Dawg, remember, soon enough terps fans will be seeing familiar foes wearing the B1G logo.If you are referring to Virginaia or UNC, I think you suffer from wishful thinking disease. As I've written here many times, the ACC is not going anywhere. And those teams will not leave unless the conference breaks up. The ACC is solid financially, and with the addition of Louisville, ND, Pitt and Syracuse (and eventually UConn), they will be the preeminent hoops conference. Their TV money will be plentiful. As for the Terps, you caught someone with the financial pants down and they had to agree to do something, notwithstanding the fact their fans didn't want it. Fortunately for sane college athletic fans in ACC and SEC country, the other teams you want aren't in that situation and will listen to the alumni who will tell them they don't want to be in the B1G.
Too bad school don't like it. You know, I took several jobs that I wasn't crazy about, but the money was too much for me to pass up on. At the end of it, was I happy I did it? Yes, cause kicking or screaming, at the end of the day, it is all about the money.You keep trying to prove your points with outliers. Not a good way to prove your point. Rutgers would have been stupid to do otherwise. They have no recent football tradition to speak of, and the B1G is a step up for them. And, they were in a conference that was imploding. No one could fault Rutgers. Maryland was broke. Someone threw money that them. You see, both are outliers and they are exceptions not the rule.