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Conference Realignment


Do any of you get the feeling that conference realignment is going to turn into B1G vs SEC? I predict that both conferences are headed for a 20 team conference (4 pods of 5) and there's nothing the Big XII and Pac-12 can really do to stop it. The TV revenues in both of those leagues are going to go through the roof and will dwarf that of the other 2 conferences.

I wonder if the Big XII is looking to expand? You keep hearing that it must be the right situation and the right teams so that the $$ increase per university and I completely agree with this. Adding Louisville, Cincinnati or some other lower tier program isn't going to move the needle the way adding Florida State, Clemson or Miami would do so. In fact, adding UL, UC, etc. would most likely decrease the $$ each university would receive annually due to the current nature of the TV contract.

It just seems like a no-brainer that the Big XII needs to be proactive and gobble up the above 3 mentioned programs (along w/ an unidentified additional team).

Look at the following prediction and tell me it's far-fetched:

B1G: Add BC, UVA, UNC, Duke, GT and one other program

Pros: BC brings enormous NE market (more $$ for BTN), lots of content for the BTN (especially BC hockey)

UVA brings unbelievable academic program, state of VA for BTN; UNC and Duke bring everything (except football) that matters including best rivalry in college sports on hardwood; GT brings GREAT academics and huge ATL market (biggest airport in nation) for BTN.

SEC: Add VPI, NCSU, Clemson, FSU (perhaps they stop at 18? would they add Miami (which isn't an SEC fit)?)....All these schools fit the SEC model so well it's not even funny. The only negative would be the gentlemen's agreement (where USC, UF would oppose inclusion of in-state rivals). I can guarantee that FSU and Clemson would prefer the SEC over any other conference (except maybe the B1G).

It just seems like this is going to end up as a pissing contest between Slive and Delaney and I'm not sure Bowlsby can do anything about it. Thoughts?

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