A conference can be restricted by the anti-BE behavior of its tv contractor:
1.who pays it less by far than other conferences
2.helps in the raiding of its membership to ensure that the broadcasters power is not weakened
3.who consistently bad mouths the BE
Also are bc,pitt,syracuse really superior football programs to boise st,cfla,houston and smu?
1) There isn't national inventory worth paying for on the football side. Sorry to break it to you, but South Florida doesn't play national games. Nor does Louisville. Or Cincy. Or Rutgers. That's the top of this conference in football...are we to pay them big bucks just because their Tier 2 stuff resides in good markets? That's not justification for a good television contract when football drives the bus. Sorry that you think basketball is what moves this whole thing. Big East basketball-only schools get paid more than enough for what they do. They contribute nothing for their football-subsidized earnings other than franchise their name.
2) Don't blame the ACC or Big XII for the Big East's terrible innards. Don't discount what guys like Calhoun, Luck, Boeheim, and Auriemma hinted at regarding the "issues" within. A non-contributor in ND made life HELL for some of these schools, and while ND got rich and fat, these other institutions stood without. And stop discounting where some of these schools publicly did before they left the conference: TCU for YEARS said they wanted to be in the Big XII (remember how much they hate(d) Baylor?). Miami was a notorious ACC name-dropper back in the 80's, even traveling with the friggin conference to Arizona for their meetings just to get noticed. Syracuse wanted out in the 90's. Pitt's been chasing the Big Ten for decades. Virginia politics saw the Big East as a waste for VPI. Notre Dame, not even five years into their relationship, almost joined the Big Ten, then went to talk to the ACC some time later.
Seriously, do some research. ESPN isn't free from blame, but the Big East is not symbol of innocence. Far from it.
3) If the shoe fits. For undeserving schools like USF to block equally undeserving ones like UCF, or Louisville doing it to Memphis (and still doing it to ECU and USM), UConn to UMass, Aresco calling Navy out...if the Big East was a chick, she would be a six. What this six is doing is pretty much putting down fives. To the ladies hanging out in 8+ land, it's indistinguishable. Trailer park trash catfights.
Believe me, the best parts of the conference are glad to be gone from the Big East. If they aren't mourning their decisions, you shouldn't be either.