2) The new markets. This isn't just about the size of the metro area, but also the brand name the school has in that metro area. I've supported Temple and would not have been completely dejected with them as #12, but I also know they don't carry the clout in Philly the way BC does in Boston. That might change in the future, but BC was truly the safer investment. Add the established rapport with Miami...D
You're right. Although BC is lower on the sports radar than the Sox, Bruins, Pats and Celtics, TU is lower than the Eagles, Sixers, Flyers, Phillies, and Penn STate (and possibly a few others).
Notice all three original candidates were private schools.:D
I disagree with the notion that missions had to be similar. If there was a great state school (meaning PSU) that was willing to make the jump, do you think this would have been an issue? BC and SU were chosen because they would be a nice pair that could :
1 - deliver a huge market like the 'NE'
2 - they have good athletic teams.
3 - they are good academic schools
Neither RU nor UConn have all three combinations. Who could have done the same thing?
Also, even though BC and SU are private, one private school and one state 'private' still voted no - DUKE and UNC (UNC isn't a private but is an awesome academic school).
In addition, after VT and Miami were voted in, NO WAY was DUKE and UNC going to stop any further expansion to 12.
First, if that was the case, why did Duke and UNC both vote YES to BC?
Second, besides NCSU, all the other teams voted yes everytime for expansion. Once ND said no and the NCAA was going to vote no for an 11 team championship game, everyone knew the ACC was not going sit at 11. It was just a question of who was going to be #12 regardless of what Duke and UNC had to say - too much money would be lost if they stopped at 11.
IF you can't get a championship game, you lost a lot of revenue. Why would anyone else side with UNC and Duke to vote no thereby decreasing their money?
One more thing about BC. BCs admin stated they would have stayed if the BE FB broke away and formed an all-sports conference RIGHT THEN
BC has to know some BE schools were NEVER going to committ to breaking away at that point. UConn, SU, and to a lesser extent Pitt would lose a ton of revenue from the NCAA tourney BB credits that wouldn't be carried over to the new conference. Therefore, how could the BE have accomidated BC in this regard? BC can leave their credits behind knowing they will make 2X what they were making in the BE.
My guess is that if all teams broke away, the conference would lose $6-10 million in NCAA credits for a few years as you get paid over a 5 year average.
Many years ago, WVU was talked about as an ACC possibility.
Was that about the time the ACC formed? I think WVU was part of the southern conference which contained all of the ACC members when it formed (early 1950s).