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Realignment Starting - UConn

Jalapeno

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MEAC is shrinking and now they are asking D2 HBCUs to move up to fill in the gaps. It remains to be seen if those HBCUs can make the move up and stay D1.
 

hokiehead

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  • this appears to be a recap of old news
  • I don't have the subscription to read the full article, but this positions NCSU and VT as expansion possibilities for the SEC. I'm mildly curious as to the full content, while being dubious of McGee's knowledge, but I still think UNC will be the school that the SEC next targets.
  • point of debate on the VT realignment forum, which conferences would be most willing to allow Texas to keep the Longhorn Network? Consensus seems to be the ACC and the Pac12, which I think makes sense. I don't see the B1G or SEC being willing to negotiate that.
    • note: trigger for this discussion is around potential move of the Pac 12 HQ to LV (Vegas gets more visitors originating from Texas than any other state except California)
 

InTheBuff

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What the heck is even on the Longhorn Network?

Texass VS San Angelo State for football ?
bull riding ?
 

Jalapeno

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  • this appears to be a recap of old news
  • I don't have the subscription to read the full article, but this positions NCSU and VT as expansion possibilities for the SEC. I'm mildly curious as to the full content, while being dubious of McGee's knowledge, but I still think UNC will be the school that the SEC next targets.
  • point of debate on the VT realignment forum, which conferences would be most willing to allow Texas to keep the Longhorn Network? Consensus seems to be the ACC and the Pac12, which I think makes sense. I don't see the B1G or SEC being willing to negotiate that.
    • note: trigger for this discussion is around potential move of the Pac 12 HQ to LV (Vegas gets more visitors originating from Texas than any other state except California)

  • Been reading NCSU & VT to the SEC stuff for awhile while UNC & UVA would head to the Big Ten.
  • Only the Big 12 would allow UT to keep its Longhorn Network. Even the G5 conferences wouldn't allow such a thing. Either UT stays in the Big 12 or goes independent if they want to keep the LHN. If the Pac-12 can get one heck of a media rights deal with escalators for if they added UT, they could listen to Pac-12 offers.
  • Las Vegas seems to be on its way to becoming the Atlanta of the west when it comes to sports. Pac-12 HQ moving there is a no-brainer.
 

MtnBuff

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Texas isn't going to just give up the Longhorn Network because they have no good reason to give up another 10 years of almost $11 million a year in revenues. It is clear though that the payout isn't going to get bigger than that because the network isn't going to be profitable enough to pay off it's cost and move them into the 70/30% profit split called for in the contract.

ESPN would love to get rid of the Network. It has never come close to generating the kind of viewership

One possibility for Texas moving to the PAC would be if an agreement could be reached that includes PAC expansion including Texas (and most likely Oklahoma,) which would also include a new TV deal between ESPN/ABC and the PAC which would also include ESPN taking over the PAC12 network with an equity stake in the operation.

It is possible that adding UT/OU to the PAC would increase the value of the Media rights to a point that would benefit all involved. Texas might be willing to go along with this as well because they know that while they still have years left on the TLN contract that the day it expires ESPN will be out and done.

A side note to this is that while money is always the number one consideration both Texas and Oklahoma have real interest in the PAC due to academic reputation. Texas always wants to be seen as "elite" and believes the PAC affiliation would help them in that regard. Oklahoma has put a lot of money into increasing their academic standing and have brought themselves up to meet AAU standards and are hoping for an invitation to join. For them affiliating with the PAC would be significant.
 

Not Sure

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I read something last night that ranked the top ten realistic expansion targets for the Pac-12.

It had:
#1 Oklahoma
#2 Kansas

Yes, please.
Expand to a 14-game regular season, let OU schedule the whorns and cowgirls and let KU schedule Missouri and KSU and everybody is happy.
 

Jalapeno

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Given the news of the 12 team playoff recommendation and I think it's going to pass. Does this cool down realignment for awhile?
 

Buffnik

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Given the news of the 12 team playoff recommendation and I think it's going to pass. Does this cool down realignment for awhile?
Follow the money. Always.

Realignment will happen whenever a conference sees a significant margin for adding a school & the school also sees a big payday. For the school, it's not always about the direct revenue from the conference. CU's calculus, for example, heavily weighted toward connecting with more of its out-of-state alum donors.
 

MiamiBuffs

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Follow the money. Always.

Realignment will happen whenever a conference sees a significant margin for adding a school & the school also sees a big payday. For the school, it's not always about the direct revenue from the conference. CU's calculus, for example, heavily weighted toward connecting with more of its out-of-state alum donors.
All the good looking girls all have a date to the dance. Maybe Missouri moves to the Big Ten someday. Maybe WV joins the ACC. That slut Texas and her backwater cousin OU bimbo might jump someday. But thats it. Everyone has a date. Unless someone lifts up some of them uglier girls, they aint getting in without some work.
 

MtnBuff

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All the good looking girls all have a date to the dance. Maybe Missouri moves to the Big Ten someday. Maybe WV joins the ACC. That slut Texas and her backwater cousin OU bimbo might jump someday. But thats it. Everyone has a date. Unless someone lifts up some of them uglier girls, they aint getting in without some work.
Good analysis

Somebody is going to have to be ready to put out to get invited.

Wouldn't surprise me if some of the conferences aren't trying to figure out how to divorce the ones they have been married to for a long time but who don't do much of the work but still make sure they get a big slice of the pie.
 

Not Sure

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Good analysis

Somebody is going to have to be ready to put out to get invited.

Wouldn't surprise me if some of the conferences aren't trying to figure out how to divorce the ones they have been married to for a long time but who don't do much of the work but still make sure they get a big slice of the pie.
Nah. Every conference needs bottom feeders. If you kick some out, others will take over the space vacated. It sucks for some schools who missed the boat, and it’s fortunate for schools who have been floating on a life raft for 60 years.
 
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