Fresno St. Alum wrote:
Like TK said Dayton and Cincy are different makets just like Balt and DC. So why argue for a suckier school close to another market vs a good school close to another market.
Where do you think the 12 "left behind" schools in the A-10 will upgrade to after the BE takes 2. I already showed you the next best behind the A-10 and their 8 schools w/ ncaa tourneys the last 5 years vs the MVCs 4. Plus the A10 markets are far better than the MVC. Only UMass if given an ultimatum would have to move.
One thing I do want to (repeatedly) point out about Dayton regarding the market thing:
Markets are a measure of population based on census bureau formula. Not any kind of indication of actual fan base.
Because Kentucky is on the other side of the river, suburban growth in Cincy has been mostly north. Cincy's DMA has included Middletown for a long time because they reached it first. (Think of Dallas-Ft. Worth, and where DFW is, that's Middletown. Actually, if Congress hadn't haphazardly approved a new airport in northern Kentucky at the start of WWII, Cincinnati-Dayton would be one big market like that).
But the idea that Middletown is somehow more Xavier basketball territory than Dayton basketball territory is categorically insane.
Considering Cincinnati-Dayton as one metro area, you have the #19 market in the country. Now, you don't "need" both teams to have a presence in the market of 2.929 million people. But if you have both teams, you DELIVER the market.
There's Cincy, Xavier, Dayton, Kentucky and Ohio State fans in the market. No one team is bringing you the majority, but UD/Xavier gives you a plurality… and two pretty good rivalry games for TV.
Plus, Dayton's gonna watch all the other conference teams play, their CBB ratings are spectacular.
And that's to say nothing of the fact that Dayton wins OOC and loses in conference. Which is really what I'd want out of a new member. I don't want a new team coming in and getting to the dance over my team. I want them helping our RPI and finishing at the bottom.
But, as a Bona guy, I hope the Big East remains to stupid to realize this.