Met,we will try again.There is a significant between Football independents ND,Army and Navy relationship with the BE and the OOC games ND has with the B10.
Nope, they are pretty much the same and no conference conference membership affiliation exists in football with Army, Navy, and ND with any conference anywhere.
Market places in significant states are more important to advertisers than mountain states.
It is true that flagship universities located in big states will garner the most attention. That is why the Big 10, located in the populated midwest has the best TV contract. SEC, with some populated states have great TV contracts too. The other BCS leagues do as well.
But among the other conferences, the MWC has the best out-front, and least competition within their footprints. This is an added bonus. That and those states are growing. Florida's college football market wasn't much 35 years ago. Now it is primetime for the 3 teams of UF, FSU and Miami which all came into their own since then. The out-front situation in UT, NM, NV, and 45% share of Colorado is significant enough to give it a look of the market size of the old Big 8 or the SWC. It is a potential extra credit when this conference is considered and evaluated for BCS conference autobid status.
By the way not that that it makes any difference to our discussions,but my father served as a combat infantryman in WWII and won decorations for his valor including severe wounds in combat,as did my grandfather in WWI.My army service was certainly less dangerous and required very little valor.
Congratulations for your service to our country. Thank you to you and your father for serving our country. I mean that sincerely.