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Should W&M Join the Patriot League?
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RE: Should W&M Join the Patriot League?
In a few years (2032) this entire conversation will look completely different. The P5 schools have already broken away from the NCAA in the FBS football playoff (which the NCAA has absolutely no control over). They will break away in basketball as soon as the current contract with CBS/TBS expires. That's when the P5 schools will break away completely to form their own association and all G5 and mid-major schools will not be welcome. In fact, I'm sure that some current P5 schools (like Wake Forest, for example) might be dis-invited at that time. This new association will control all of the tv exposure and tv money and the only money that schools like W&M will get will be appearance fees in MBB and other sports --- and that only to fill out the schedule for the big boys.

So the best chance for everybody else to keep getting any cash payouts from a governing association is to keep extending the MBB contract. This was most recently done in 2016 when the end date was moved from 2024 to 2032. The big boys don't want to leave prematurely because CBS/TBS would still have to pay the NCAA $1B a year (of which the big boys would lose out) and the networks other than ESPN presumably wouldn't have the bucks to be paying for two different tournaments. In fact, if it does happen sooner, then 100% of the blame can be placed on ESPN. They would show the P5 tournament and CBS/TBS would be left with a costly tournament showing mostly "lesser" teams. I'm sure that CBS would then sue the NCAA for not providing the level of teams that were contracted for. It could break the contract. There are, no doubt, executives at CBS and the NCAA already losing sleep over this and there are no doubt a bunch of jackals and vultures at ESPN salivating and counting down the days.
04-26-2021 10:21 AM
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