NYTimes article with comments from BE Commish regarding how that league is now dealing with the aftermath of conference realignment at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/12/sport ... ports&_r=0
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From the link above.
"The league lost its hard-earned ties with ESPN. Fox Sports 1, the multisport channel that launched to 87 million viewers last summer, broadcast more than 100 regular-season Big East games, but ratings for the network have remained low. The Saturday night game between Creighton and Xavier on March 1 drew only 180,000 viewers for a 0.1 rating."
With round robin the league championship/seeding draws less interest as its mostly a foregone conclusion that only interests the teams playing. Fox currently sucks but will get better eventually they just have to stick it out, but if they want to drive more fans to FS1 they need more people to be interested in the games and the effect it has on their conference with means...more teams. Make it more interesting when Creighton plays Villanova, when they play twice a year it loses some of the luster. Closer teams bring a rivalry interest than team further away who bring some interest as they aren't someone you play multiple times a year, by doing that they're diluting the excitement that could help boosts the ratings for a game like this.
"Tickets to this week’s Big East tournament were made available to the public for the first time since 2003, which Ackerman said was a result of six fewer teams participating than in some recent seasons. But sales have been sluggish. The average price for a ticket to the championship game on the resale market was down 18 percent from last year"
More teams equals more fans. If its a big concern that's the obvious solution.
"The on-court product has been led by Villanova and Creighton and a muddle of look-alike teams beating up on one another, such as Xavier, Georgetown, St. John’s and Providence. Butler has struggled."
If SECfb or A10bb have shown us anything its that quanity gives the perception of quality.
If the Big East went to 12 (or even 16) they'd have a few more whipping boys to puff up the better teams giving them the perception of a better bball conference.
Playing round robin in a quality conference is hard look at PAC10 fb before Colorado/Utah, look at the Big 12 now. In round robin you're lucky to have 3 quality teams, with divisions its rare not to have at least three quality teams and with some luck you could have 5 (like SECfb top10 in 2012).
Also with more quality members, Butler struggling wouldn't be a 'conference concern' as another team would be elevated up to take advantage.
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