Yes ND must be crazy.,if they want to go to the b10.They turned it down because the b10 will not special deals.The BE allows them all the deals they want.No ND is not crazy.Losing revenue is not in the future for ND .That is why the b10 is OUT for ND.
I do not disagree with you on this, except for the phrase "if they want to go to the B10". However, the deals with the Big East are fundamentally a couple of bowl arrangements made with third parties (the bowls), and these are not the most prestigious bowls or the BCS bowls, of which, as you and most other posters know, have their unique criteria for Notre Dame---negotiated or dictated as an independent.
If one wants to call a deal a preference for a Meadowlands game with an eastern team annually, plus continuance of the long established Navy rivalry, and the expression of maybe planning another OOC game with a BE opponent, then perhaps that could be called a deal too, depending on the depth of the interpretation of the semantics.
My view is that Notre Dame's engagement with the BE has nothing to do with a football commitment, but protection of what they already have with the conference: a stable and impressive home for basketball.
You are indeed correct on the point that the B10 will not render ND special deals; also agree, ND has been profiting with their "deals" as an independent, i. e. BCS, NBC, not having to share revenue.
I would enjoy seeing ND join the BE for "all sports". It would be one of the best things that could happen for the BE. That though, is extraordinarily remote and not seen on the radar of reality.