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Poll: MEGA POLL: What should the AAC do?
Do nothing permanently. Figure out an unbalanced schedule that will still allow a football CCG.
Do nothing temporarily. Wait a year or two to see any other developments.
Create a mega-conference with the MWC including all existing members for football-only.
Join with top schools in other G5 programs to form a new all-sports conference - shedding additional dead weight.
UAB all sports.
USM all sports.
BYU all sports.
FIU all sports.
Georgia State all sports.
Army football-only; ? other sports. Write in your choice.
Boise football only; ? other sports. Write in your choice.
Air force football only; ? other sports. Write in your choice.
UNLV football only; ? other sports. Write in your choice.
Add someone not listed above for all-sports. Write in your choice.
Add someone not listed above football-only, and another program for all other sports. Write in your choice.
Another option. Write it in.
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What should the AAC do with membership?
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What should the AAC do with membership?
Now that we are shucking the dead weight that is UConn athletics, what should the AAC do about membership? Post your write-in candidates as a post with the name/option only. Don't get into explanation or justification.
06-24-2019 04:18 PM
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
Unless you can get BYU or change the game with MWC poaching I think you stay at 11. There isnt anyone who moves the needle east of the Rockies.
06-24-2019 04:37 PM
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
Merge AAC with top 8 schools, top 7 schools from MWC, and BYU.
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
(06-24-2019 04:48 PM)GottaHateUT Wrote:  Merge AAC with top 8 schools, top 7 schools from MWC, and BYU.

They tried that once and it did not draw much interest.
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(06-24-2019 06:03 PM)Keeper Wrote:  
(06-24-2019 04:48 PM)GottaHateUT Wrote:  Merge AAC with top 8 schools, top 7 schools from MWC, and BYU.

They tried that once and it did not draw much interest.

It drew a lot of interest and then the MWC told Boise that they’d pay them a bigger share if they stayed.

4 teams not 7 but the same point.
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
Maybe take USF instead of Army but generally a very good conference



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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
Just filling a spot to get to 12 is not enough.
I don’t see UAB, Ark State, SMiss, MTSU, GaState, FIU, Army, Air Force improving AAC stock.
I don’t see any school isolated extreme West being a viable all sports partner.
I am not convinced adding more single sport partners is value added. Hating on BYU might be worth it.
I don’t see having a school in our conference with a blue field.
I don’t see enough money to make a 14-16 team conference viable at this time.

Move slow.
Talk with ESPN and make sure we don’t go backwards with payouts and ask which teams actually bring more dollars to the table in negotiations.
Talk with whatever group needs to advise a path to legit P6 status.
Figure out how to get an invite to B12 -1

The worst thing may not be doing nothing for a year or two until something clearly becomes apparent that will elevate the league.
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
The travel cost would argue against BYU joining in all sports. Maybe football only.
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
The problem with doing nothing is that ESPN will end up offering last money with 11 teams versus 12 teams!! They will want the contract to reflect payout on 11 not 12 teams. Our annual payout will go down!!
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hard to say, but it wouldn't hurt to pay an outside consultant to get their recommendation

perhaps Boowen can be that guy....he knows foosball
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
(06-24-2019 06:18 PM)aTxTIGER Wrote:  
(06-24-2019 06:03 PM)Keeper Wrote:  
(06-24-2019 04:48 PM)GottaHateUT Wrote:  Merge AAC with top 8 schools, top 7 schools from MWC, and BYU.

They tried that once and it did not draw much interest.

It drew a lot of interest and then the MWC told Boise that they’d pay them a bigger share if they stayed.

4 teams not 7 but the same point.

Correct! There is interest. MWC just gave Boise St a bigger share of the pie, and kept the MWC from imploding. Still a stupid decision on their part as they’d be (along with us) in a power, auto-qual conference. Somebody got paid off.
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
Add Boise St, BYU, San Diego St.
14 team conference that is Power Conference worthy.
3 very solid football & basketball programs.

Maybe add one more (Colo St or UNLV) and go to 3 5-team divisions. These 5 MWC teams would make up the West Division, and somewhat minimize travel. Two highest-rated division champs would play in Champ Game.

Or, add both and go to 16.

Think BIG! Power Conference Status is what matters and it aint happening without picking up the stronger programs in the MWC.
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
I got this killer idea. At first everything happens behind closed doors. Contacts are made sans media.

Schools pitch themselves...tell us their short and long term plans, goals, financial commitments..etc like how much they are willing to pay. Plus we don't share as much with them the first few years they are in our conference. lol
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
I’m torn. I voted to wait and see who develops a consistent program before moving.

But I still think a Marshall or Western Kentucky may be slightly ahead on the road to a respectable possibility.
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
(06-24-2019 07:16 PM)Tigerx3 Wrote:  Just filling a spot to get to 12 is not enough.
I don’t see UAB, Ark State, SMiss, MTSU, GaState, FIU, Army, Air Force improving AAC stock.
I don’t see any school isolated extreme West being a viable all sports partner.
I am not convinced adding more single sport partners is value added. Hating on BYU might be worth it.
I don’t see having a school in our conference with a blue field.
I don’t see enough money to make a 14-16 team conference viable at this time.

Move slow.
Talk with ESPN and make sure we don’t go backwards with payouts and ask which teams actually bring more dollars to the table in negotiations.
Talk with whatever group needs to advise a path to legit P6 status.
Figure out how to get an invite to B12 -1

The worst thing may not be doing nothing for a year or two until something clearly becomes apparent that will elevate the league.

I’m sorry, but I can’t tell what side you are on based on that last sentence. Something about too many negatives gets me lost....
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
Still want Army football, VCU everything else.
UAB all sports is a close second.
That's it really ... Leaders in the club house ??
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(06-24-2019 07:41 PM)TigersTigers Wrote:  The problem with doing nothing is that ESPN will end up offering last money with 11 teams versus 12 teams!! They will want the contract to reflect payout on 11 not 12 teams. Our annual payout will go down!!

Everything I’ve read from media sources says the opposite...contract to remain unchanged or no significant difference with one team leaving. Navy AD spoke on it some today.
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
Add BYU, Boise, and Air Force. Football only for those guys, let them put their Olympic sports in the WAC? Do NOT add Army. Too much trouble to get around the A-N game.
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
(06-24-2019 09:14 PM)gulfcoastgal Wrote:  
(06-24-2019 07:41 PM)TigersTigers Wrote:  The problem with doing nothing is that ESPN will end up offering last money with 11 teams versus 12 teams!! They will want the contract to reflect payout on 11 not 12 teams. Our annual payout will go down!!

Everything I’ve read from media sources says the opposite...contract to remain unchanged or no significant difference with one team leaving. Navy AD spoke on it some today.

Yeah, I think you're right. ESPN will still get their same number of AAC games to broadcast on their linear networks, and the only thing they lost was one brand name in basketball. Lost nothing in Football, since I believe all of Uconn's FB games were gonna end up on ESPN+ for the foreseeable future anyway.
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RE: What should the AAC do with membership?
(06-24-2019 08:08 PM)hsvtiger Wrote:  Add Boise St, BYU, San Diego St.
14 team conference that is Power Conference worthy.
3 very solid football & basketball programs.

Maybe add one more (Colo St or UNLV) and go to 3 5-team divisions. These 5 MWC teams would make up the West Division, and somewhat minimize travel. Two highest-rated division champs would play in Champ Game.

Or, add both and go to 16.

Think BIG! Power Conference Status is what matters and it aint happening without picking up the stronger programs in the MWC.

NOTHING we do will ever get the AAC to P5 status. AAC is at the top of the G5 and that is the best we can expect. The 3 schools you mention are 1,200-1,800 miles from the CLOSEST current AAC school. The majority are closer to 2,000 miles away. You can not expect the non-revenue teams to travel 24+ hours on the bus and then compete.

Just signed new tv contract so it will be years before we see any increase in TV money by adding teams. And not sure you would get much of an increase per team when the deal comes up for renewal.

Those teams also do not do much for TV numbers. As the MWC is now splitting just $1.1 million per team. About half of what the AAC got in its OLD contract and about a fifth of the current AAC contract.
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