Does the Big Sky share football playoff revenue, or is that even an issue with the FCS playoffs? I know going to a conference without an automatic bid for the basketball tournament is a virtual death wish, but would it be a dealbreaker in FCS football?
There's also that odd chance that the Big Sky could invite one or more football-playing members of the Great West Conference to replace Sacramento State, which would take the Big West football league below six schools.
Actually, if (and a BIG if) Sac St. ever did leave the Big Sky for Big West...and the Big West sponsored football, the lineup would be:
Big West: Sac St, UC Davis, Cal Poly, Fullerton, *UND, *USD, *Southern Utah
That's 7 schools. So even if the Big sky replaced Sac St. with Southern Utah, the Big West would still be at 6.
The trickle down could still effect the Big West: If Sac St. left the Big sky, they might look to NDSU and/or SDSU to replace them. The MVC might then go after UND and/or USD.
So there are still many "what ifs". But who is to say the Big West wouldn't just go with the 4 schools, ala the ACC in lacrosse. Could happen.