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RE: All Things Realignment
I'm guessing the Rutgers add probably brought millions per team. It was something along the lines of the B1G Network got $0.25/household out of market and $2.00/household in market. Those numbers were pulled out of the air, but you get the idea. Adding New York to in market pricing probably brought in millions and millions per year. It was a good move, even if you do have to play their crappy football team once a year.
 
11-13-2020 06:43 AM
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RE: All Things Realignment
(11-13-2020 06:43 AM)Z-Fly Wrote:  I'm guessing the Rutgers add probably brought millions per team. It was something along the lines of the B1G Network got $0.25/household out of market and $2.00/household in market. Those numbers were pulled out of the air, but you get the idea. Adding New York to in market pricing probably brought in millions and millions per year. It was a good move, even if you do have to play their crappy football team once a year.
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This.

Plus:
A) The Big Ten Network needed (at the time) content--both live but even moreso for rebroadcast-- which Rutgers and Maryland brought. Rutgers/Illinois might not be enough to garner a live, OTA network audience, but it would fit well on the BTN.

B) Every conference NEEDS bottom-feeders. A 11-0 Ohio State only gets there by beating the crap out of a 1-10 Rutgers and a couple of 2-9 Purdues. So much the better if your bottom-feeders are actual name programs that people actually know, as opposed to some little school in the middle of Oklahoma or a directional named school in one of the Carolinas.
 
11-13-2020 06:55 AM
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RE: All Things Realignment
(11-13-2020 06:55 AM)BearcatJerry Wrote:  
(11-13-2020 06:43 AM)Z-Fly Wrote:  I'm guessing the Rutgers add probably brought millions per team. It was something along the lines of the B1G Network got $0.25/household out of market and $2.00/household in market. Those numbers were pulled out of the air, but you get the idea. Adding New York to in market pricing probably brought in millions and millions per year. It was a good move, even if you do have to play their crappy football team once a year.
^^^^
This.

Plus:
A) The Big Ten Network needed (at the time) content--both live but even moreso for rebroadcast-- which Rutgers and Maryland brought. Rutgers/Illinois might not be enough to garner a live, OTA network audience, but it would fit well on the BTN.

B) Every conference NEEDS bottom-feeders. A 11-0 Ohio State only gets there by beating the crap out of a 1-10 Rutgers and a couple of 2-9 Purdues. So much the better if your bottom-feeders are actual name programs that people actually know, as opposed to some little school in the middle of Oklahoma or a directional named school in one of the Carolinas.

Bolded, so true. Exhibit A: Texas A&M rises in the polls after beating a hapless South Carolina last weekend; UC falls a spot after beating a Houston team more highly regarded than SC. The deck is stacked to perpetuate the power designation, regardless of team quality. This is especially the case in a year where there were fewer chances for the best of the G5 to even play against P5 opponents.

In the end, one of the few bright spots in 2020 may be some movement in college football to expand the playoff in what is shaping up as a logjam for identifying only four deserving schools.
 
11-13-2020 09:14 AM
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