Westwolf, good you shared this as a discussion basis. It is a perspective on the BE circumstances.
Bleachers can be "amateurish", though, void of the new, special, and exclusive "scoops" from insiders/officials/executives in the know, that have not been released elsewhere.
Also, the stereotypes and assumptions about other top conferences and what they tried to do or may do, is neither insightful or void of error.
I'll defend the Big East here a bit. Many of the schools that largely helped create the conditions of difficulties the BE currently faces, are now gone or going. The bb-onlies cannot be the blame for all of it or even most of it, if an earlier split was seriously on the table.
The BE is left with trying to market its new design, as flawed as elements may be. They bought into the idea of across country and population-density demographics, coupled with their view of most favored names available, as the driven tool for their expansion, while their regional base and continuity was further diluted and compromised.
All the top conferences have a core geographical region for their footprint stamp; and the BE cannot much claim that except for basketball which has gotten over-stepped itself to an obvious and substantive degree. All this is factored in as to TV value, including both the perceptual and tangible dynamics.
#14 pursuit options are BYU, Army, or AFA? That has been out there for many months. Now if Bleachers had the credible and exclusive source of which one, if any, would be biting, now that would be a hot revelation.