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RE: New Conference
Stadium should go all in, if they're going to try and be a player.

They should buy the rights to the Sun Belt, CUSA, BigSky, and continue their partnership with MWC for some online streaming games.

With those leagues being spread across the country Stadium could time games on OTA for Friday night for a 7pm ET and a 8pm PT and all day Saturday.

That could work out to 72 Football games and untold number of basketball games.

Make the schools provide the video broadcast. Do the play by play and commentary from a centralized studio that could host the halftime shows. Pay the FBS schools 250k each and FCS teams 1/3 that and you'd still be under $10 million for almost constant programming.
01-13-2018 10:48 PM
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RE: New Conference
I decided to have some fun with this.

I think a more plausible scenario is C-USA East splits away from C-USA West and starts a new conference. Most rivalries stay intact and it isn't reliant upon the Sun Belt to cooperate in realigning. You add James Madison & Delaware as full members and Towson as non-football, all from CAA, as well as Army for football. Sorry to UMass & Liberty. I don't see UMass leaving A10 (e.g. MAC), and thus subsequently not receiving an invite, as well as the recent denials for Liberty say they wouldn't either. Traveling partners would be Towson/Delaware, James Madison/Old Dominion, Charlotte/Marshall, Western Kentucky/Middle Tennessee, & Florida Atlantic/FIU. While Florida Atlantic/FIU are clearly outliers, I think it benefits the conference to have a footprint in the state for recruitment purposes.

Atlantic East Conference:
Code:
East                            West
Army (football only)            Marshall
Delaware                        Western Kentucky
James Madison                   Middle Tennessee
Old Dominion                    Florida Atlantic
Charlotte                       FIU

Towson (non-football)

That leaves C-USA West to pick up newly independent New Mexico State as a full member, as well as Jacksonville State from Ohio Valley & Sam Houston State from Southland. Traveling partners would be Jacksonville State/UAB, Southern Miss/Louisiana Tech, North Texas/Sam Houston State, Rice/UTSA, & UTEP/New Mexico State. I think this conference remains as Conference USA as its headquarters are currently located in Irving, TX. This conference obviously has a strong foothold in the state of Texas for recruitment purposes.

Conference USA:
Code:
East                            West
Jacksonville State              Sam Houston State (w/ stadium upgrade)
UAB                             Rice
Southern Miss                   UTSA
Louisiana Tech                  UTEP
North Texas                     New Mexico State

While the Sun Belt has become more regionalized with the loss of New Mexico State & Idaho, I do see them open to the possibility of adding two new members. The addition of Chattanooga and Eastern Kentucky would expand their footprint into those states, while still keeping the conference regionalized.

Sun Belt Conference additions:
Code:
East
Chattanooga
Eastern Kentucky

(Troy moves to West division.)
01-14-2018 11:59 PM
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RE: New Conference
(01-14-2018 11:59 PM)thefaU Wrote:  I decided to have some fun with this.

I think a more plausible scenario is C-USA East splits away from C-USA West and starts a new conference. Most rivalries stay intact and it isn't reliant upon the Sun Belt to cooperate in realigning. You add James Madison & Delaware as full members and Towson as non-football, all from CAA, as well as Army for football. Sorry to UMass & Liberty. I don't see UMass leaving A10 (e.g. MAC), and thus subsequently not receiving an invite, as well as the recent denials for Liberty say they wouldn't either. Traveling partners would be Towson/Delaware, James Madison/Old Dominion, Charlotte/Marshall, Western Kentucky/Middle Tennessee, & Florida Atlantic/FIU. While Florida Atlantic/FIU are clearly outliers, I think it benefits the conference to have a footprint in the state for recruitment purposes.

Atlantic East Conference:
Code:
East                            West
Army (football only)            Marshall
Delaware                        Western Kentucky
James Madison                   Middle Tennessee
Old Dominion                    Florida Atlantic
Charlotte                       FIU

Towson (non-football)

That leaves C-USA West to pick up newly independent New Mexico State as a full member, as well as Jacksonville State from Ohio Valley & Sam Houston State from Southland. Traveling partners would be Jacksonville State/UAB, Southern Miss/Louisiana Tech, North Texas/Sam Houston State, Rice/UTSA, & UTEP/New Mexico State. I think this conference remains as Conference USA as its headquarters are currently located in Irving, TX. This conference obviously has a strong foothold in the state of Texas for recruitment purposes.

Conference USA:
Code:
East                            West
Jacksonville State              Sam Houston State (w/ stadium upgrade)
UAB                             Rice
Southern Miss                   UTSA
Louisiana Tech                  UTEP
North Texas                     New Mexico State

While the Sun Belt has become more regionalized with the loss of New Mexico State & Idaho, I do see them open to the possibility of adding two new members. The addition of Chattanooga and Eastern Kentucky would expand their footprint into those states, while still keeping the conference regionalized.

Sun Belt Conference additions:
Code:
East
Chattanooga
Eastern Kentucky

(Troy moves to West division.)

Why would CUSA take Jacksonville State an FCS when they could get Troy or USA? Why would they take Sam Houston when Texas State is already FBS and Louisiana Lafayette is right in the neighborhood and FBS?
01-15-2018 01:12 AM
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RE: New Conference
(01-15-2018 01:12 AM)arkstfan Wrote:  Why would CUSA take Jacksonville State an FCS when they could get Troy or USA? Why would they take Sam Houston when Texas State is already FBS and Louisiana Lafayette is right in the neighborhood and FBS?

As I stated, this scenario isn't reliant upon the Sun Belt to cooperate in realigning. Who says that members of the Sun Belt would want to leave the conference or that members of C-USA would want them to join? For example, I don't see Troy looking to leave the Sun Belt any time soon nor for Louisiana-Lafayette to get an invite from Louisiana Tech. This is the same logic I used for adding Chattanooga & Eastern Kentucky to the Sun Belt rather than the new Atlantic East Conference. And, who doesn't want a strong FCS program? Both Appalachian State & Georgia Southern have proven that in the Sun Belt as conference champions. Because a program has been FBS longer doesn't necessarily mean they're better suited over an FCS. Both Jacksonville State & Sam Houston State are strong FCS programs with mass appeal who are capable of making that jump to FBS. In my opinion, this is more plausible than a C-USA/Sun Belt realignment.
01-15-2018 01:11 PM
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