fighting muskie wrote:
The Big 12 decision is terrible news for New Mexico St and Idaho. The Sunbelt will most certainly cut those two loose and play round robin and host a title game at the home of the 1st place team. The added revenue from the title game will most certainly offset any tv value generated by those two markets and the pie would be split 10 ways rather than 12.
The decision also has curious implications for other Group of 5 leagues. Does C-USA really need 14 members? Could some of them opt to conspire to "downsize" the league and force 4 of the weaker/geographically unfriendly members out? Maybe C-USA West might decide to regionalize and those 7 schools withdraw and add 3 more geographically friendly Sunbelt schools like Texas St, Arkanas St, ULL, or either of the Alabama schools. The Eastern 7 could do the same thing.
Is it certain that Idaho and NMSU get a full share of the SBC pie? As single sport members...they might not have gotten the benefit of the best arrangement.
It would be my guess that they receive a reduced fb share to some degree. So, it might not be prudent to pull the trigger on their exit before any residual moves shake out from the recent NCAA decision and their newest school gets up to speed.
The two schools could make for cheap insurance for a few more seasons.
I would like to see some sort of reshuffling of the conferences to help them become less airline heavy for conference games. But, I'm having difficulty making total sense out of it because of all the mayhem that ensues.