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RE: NBR: More Conference Re-Alignment?
(11-23-2012 11:12 AM)freeblazer Wrote:  
(11-21-2012 04:06 PM)the_blazerman Wrote:  A lot of schools in those schools in the Big 5 conferences are already losing their tail, an increase in funds will not keep them from staying under water.

I do not see the gumps dropping 2 home games just to be a part of this super league.

I also do not see the other non-football sports in these leagues willing to play by the same rules as they do in football.

You already see this with the non-football playing schools in the Big East.

The BCS and whatever else they come up with ultimately will be the downfall of college athletics, not the savior.

The Gumps won't have to drop two home games to be part of the league. There will still be buy games. And we'll all gobble them up like a pack of hungry dogs thrown a single bone. There just won't be access to the pot of gold at the end...which is not that much different from how it's always been, but it'll be written in stone.

And the different rules that must exist to support this system is my point. In the apocalypse, everyone will finally acknowledge the hypocrisy. But it won't be solved by returning amateur sports to its essence; they'll simply be separated. It's not terribly different from how it operates now, though illegally. Some kids in the two big sports get paid; some don't, it just depends on how good they are. None get paid in any other sport for the most part, no matter how good they are.

And that's where we're headed. There's no way college athletics can universally afford to pay all players in every sport without some form of socialism where wealth is redistributed to schools who can't afford to pay all its athletes. Is that likely to happen? Of course not. So the solution will be a dissolution and redesign where the schools who can will exclude the ones who can't. And most players will get scholarships, and a select few elite in the revenue-producing sports at the revenue-producing schools in the four power conferences -- that are no longer part of the NCAA -- will get scholarships plus.

I'm not saying I want this; I desperately do not want it. I love college sports. But we've always been headed for this, and it's picking up speed. The massive and unending conference realignment is the harbinger of doom. In some ways, it's only fair considering that the free labor the entire unethical system is built on makes coaches and bowl organizers and media super-wealthy on the backs of players who can't afford a pizza on Friday night. Regardless, I don't think anything will look the same in less than 20 years.
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11-23-2012 10:11 PM
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RE: NBR: More Conference Re-Alignment?
A number of pretty credible folks are saying Louisville will announce to the ACC soon followed by UConn and Cinci soon thereafter. Doesn't mean it absolutely is going to go down that way, but it appears that is an increasingly likely scenario.

And if that happens, based on a story in the Providence Journal, the Big East basketball only members could make a move to dissolve the BE and form their own conference (though I suspect they will try to pull in some other strong BB programs as well, maybe from the A-10).
(This post was last modified: 11-24-2012 11:34 AM by Blazer85.)
11-24-2012 11:31 AM
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RE: NBR: More Conference Re-Alignment?
Sounds good to me.
11-24-2012 11:36 AM
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