CUSA is better in many ways. They have a bigger contract, more national exposure with more televised games, more media markets
CUSA gets you a nice TV contract, plus the playoff money, bowl payouts, and money from being a body bag.
The “Nice” TV contract was $1.17 million per school, negotiated when Memphis, Tulsa, Tulane, SMU and Houston were still in the league. It’s about to expire.
The rumors are they’re looking at a TV contract less than $10 million, and at least half a million less than the old TV deal:http://pilotonline.com/sports/college/o ... bcc60.html
I have not been able to find the terms of the MVC TV deal anywhere.
The basketball isn't a step down, CUSA has 110 tournament bid (7.8 per school) The MVC is riding high right now but they still only have 67 total tournament bids between them (6.7 per school). The only way the MVC is better in basketball is that they've has more school with a history of a deep tournament run (but if you move WSU to CUSA they'd have the better history). But still to my point, nationally the perception is that WKU, ODU, UNCC, UAB, UTEP, and Marshall are better than Northern Iowa, Bradley, Loyola, Southern Illinois, Evansville, and Missouri State.
The current C-USA teams have 110 tournament bids all time because they’ve been competing for decades in different leagues and earning auto-bids in different one-bid leagues.
9 of the 10 MVC members have been together since 1996, competing as one league for one auto bid and whatever at-larges they can get.
The Sun Belt auto is no longer available to WKU, MTSU, or UNT, Charlotte, ODU or UAB (18)
The Ohio Valley auto is no longer available to WKU, MTSU (15)
The Southland auto is no longer available to LT, UNT or UTSA (7)
The WAC auto bid is no longer available to UTEP, La Tech (5)
The Colonial auto is no longer available to ODU (5)
The Southwest Conference auto is no longer available for Rice (4)
The A-Sun auto is no longer available to FIU, FAU, or UTSA (3)
The SoCon auto is no longer available to Marshall (3)
The American South auto is no longer available to La Tech (3)
The Metro auto is no longer available to Charlotte (1)
63 of 110 NCAA bids by C-USA members were automatic bids in OTHER CONFERENCES (three of which no longer exist).
You drop those 63 and the 10 by Evansville/Loyola from other conferences and it’s 57-47 MVC.
And that’s considering the effect of having powerhouse teams like Memphis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Marquette with the old C-USA, BYU/Utah/New Mexico in the old WAC with UTEP, Florida State et al in the Metro, etc, etc.
Most historical data means absolutely jack. I’m an A-10 guy, and my school was in the 1970 Final Four. That means just about zero today in terms of our benefit to a conference.
Which brings me to my next point. C-USA has a ton of people in their geographic footprint and much larger markets than the MVC. But that hardly matters. The Big West (41) has more people in their footprint than the Big 12 (39 million) and the Big 12 TV deal is 100x the Big West’s.
People have to CARE about the product, and C-USA football & hoops doesn’t move the needle. Not that MVC does either. But at the end of the day, the decision for Wichita State would come down to:
Do we want to put our resources into being the best possible BASKETBALL PROGRAM, or do we want to spend a lot more money to try and make a little bit more money/exposure by having FOOTBALL.
The only reason to leave the MVC for C-USA is needing a home for their new FBS football team. That’s it.