There is not going to be a split.Yes there is big difference and significant between a newspaper,internet BE fan and a BE fan ,supporter who lives in the area.
By your remarks, you are "qualified" BE fan. Some of your biggest disputes have been with all-sports and fb Big East fans.
I would say you are not a true Notre Dame fan because you imply a deeper bond between the Big East and Notre Dame that Notre Dame neither has or wants.
You are not a fan of Army and Navy because your suggestions mount to exploiting the service academies in the Big East's favor.
What your stance is, and all your remarks, much in error about what decisions have been made, appear to serve the interests of the following: Villanova, St. Johns, Seton Hall, Providence, DePaul, Georgetown, and Marquette. While DePaul and Marquette are relative newcomers to the Big East, lets narrow that down. That would leave Villanova, St. Johns, Seton Hall, Georgetown, and Providence. On several posts, way back, when splits were being spoken about, you suggested St. Johns, Georgetown, and Villanova to go with the split football group. So, that narrows it down further. Later, you had St. Johns eliminated from the group. That leaves Georgetown and Villanova. Both play 1-AA football, though Villanova has a more advanced scholarship program. Your prior references have not centered on Georgetown, but rather Villanova very frequently, so Villanova gets the huge edge. But wait! During Villanova's final game this year in the NCAA tournament, you were posting (check the date and timing of posts) on the BE boards and this website arguing BE matters vs the Willies' and Anonymous Donors. You justified this saying you had blackberry or laptops and were a multi-tasked individual that any Louisville fan was incapable of doing. OK, accepting that rationale, your focus had to be off the Villanova game, and at moments, arguing on websites had to be a more important priority for you.
Then if the enthusiasm of the BE teams, even the bb ones, offer no immense concentration for you, then what is it that is left? Is it is the adoration and immense esteem you may hold for a certain Commissioner and his record and agenda? Commissioners come and go, and most fans of schools in respective conferences probably could not name their own Commissioner or really care. However, you seem, by implication and in an abstract way, totally absorbed in an office administrator's agenda, job enhancement/security and legacy. Speculatively, admiration can come from differing motives, be it personal, contractual, relation, or financial. Certainly you are under no obligation to confirm or deny.
What you do declare is regional, northeast pride (will use this term since it is the most positive but maybe not the most descriptive). That is a commendable when it is not looking adversely on others. Coupled with that, though, is the needed recognition that the Big East is not the only conference with significant footprints in the region (i. e. Penn State, BC, Maryland, Ivy League, MAC, etc.). Nor can the Big East claim they are exclusively northeast with members such as Louisville, USF, Cincy, and bb participants ND, DePaul, and Marquette. Other conferences have stretched out as well, into markets not traditionally within established territory. People who are advocating a 9th football in the BE are using this objective in addition to solidifying scheduling matters. You disagree because it is contrary to the status quo and does not fit with the alliance theories you state.
Where you do have communication power is your advocacy for the status quo within the Big East. I must admit, that renders you some advantage in that flaws in any new proposal can be depicted while underplaying or dismissing the positives. On the other hand, to support the status quo by implying unannounced or unexplained alliances with the service academies and Notre Dame lends itself to supporting that not all is right within the Big East.