what happens when the big schools weed out who they want with the 15000 attendance requirement? lets say they only lose three schools. i bet then they go back to the ncaa and say hey its time to up it again to 20000. there are schools they want out of 1a and they probably will keep raising it until they get rid of them.
I don't think there's a magic number that the big schools/BCS conferences have in mind for 1-A. I simply think they recognize that few schools can truly compete at the 1-A level, as we've emphasized the need for financial committment and supporting attendance. The larger schools are afraid of too many small schools that a) truly can't compete by virtue of size and $ alone, and b) will only serve to dilute the talent pool and (key here) simply add to the number of non-BCS schools.
Perhaps if after all this conference realignmnet shakes out and there's a nice tidy number of conferences with a resolution to the non-BCS entry issue, then the big schools might seek to simply secure that form. It's one thing to turn a blind eye to Buffalo joining the established MAC, it's another to see yet another conference (Sun Belt) plus more independents (FAMU, FIU) come on board and then cry about entitlement.
Perhaps another way for this to be appraoched is by actually capping/controlling the number of bowls. With less opportunities for generating extra revenue, there's be less incentive for schools to move up, and especially for conferences to add more schools. Just a thought.