Just curious what are the opions out there if the BE had agreed to break away, do you think that Miami - the key driver in all of this - would have stayed?
I still don't see any of those teams staying just for the simple fact of money. A 12-team all sports conference BE wouldn't have been able to generate the same revenue compared to a 12-team all sports conference ACC. This is assuming of course that the BE added 4 teams from the following: Temple, USF, Louisville, Cinn, USM, ECU, and Memphis (I don't think they would have been able to pry away FSU, GT, Clemson, or Maryland from the ACC).
Just look at the TV contracts of the BE and ACC before the expansion. The ACC had bigger contracts in BB and FB. One of the reason Miami cited for leaving (and probably the main reason) was monitary. In those years where Miami may not get the BCS berth, they would make about half in revenue from the conference. It was too hard to run an athletic budget not knowing what your conference check would be.
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