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RE: Big 10 revenue exceeds expectations. $54 million per team
(05-27-2019 05:18 PM)esayem Wrote:  
(05-27-2019 02:51 PM)JRsec Wrote:  
(05-27-2019 12:26 PM)georgia_tech_swagger Wrote:  It would be interesting to hear the real thoughts of Kentucky and Vanderbilt and Ole Miss and Mississippi State on this. The SEC + OU and Texas. Why should any of them even bother fielding a football team? Ole Miss could put together one of the better rosters in school history .... and finish 5th in their division behind OU, Texas, LSU, and Alabama. Is $20-30m a year worth a losing season for the rest of time in the sports you care about?

That's more just an interesting thought than anything else. They'll of course take the money. If the Big 12 gets liquidated the spending cap horse has left the stable. There will be no reigning it in at that point.

That's not a strong argument. If Texas and Oklahoma came on board Auburn and Alabama would move East and the Mississippi schools would be no worse off, and possibly more competitive with Texas and Oklahoma.

The merit in your line of thinking would be with Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina, but two of those schools would welcome having the Tide and Tigers back on the annual schedule.

True about Florida and Tennessee being able to play Auburn yearly. Although, I don't think the Gators care about playing 'Bama every year; historically they haven't been on a regular rotation, even before the conference title game.

But this leads us back into the argument of "do the Mississippi schools and LSU want to lose the yearly Alabama and Auburn games?" That is basically what they will be voting for. The Alabama game has become every team in the West's Super Bowl. Also, LSU had ample opportunities over the years to join the SWC and then the Big XII, so did Arkansas for that matter. Both preferred the SEC, so why would they now prefer a division that is SWC-lite?

I'm not convinced on a few things here:

1) Texas has ANY interest in the SEC.

2) If it comes down to it, Oklahoma prefers the SEC to the Big 10. In fact, I believe otherwise.

3) The Mississippi schools are guaranteed "yes" votes in favor of losing annual games vs. Alabama and Auburn.

1. Texas to be sure prefers it's own conference, but they have been in talks with the SEC since 1987 and have remained in talks with us about their valuations (standard) and their options (not standard) ever since. They've always been mouthy about the SEC, but they have kept calling us for 32 years.

2. Oklahoma academics might prefer the Big 10 and that's natural. But, the boosters who give lucratively to baseball, softball, and women's gymnastics do not see any advantages of playing in the Big 10 and Oklahoma football boosters don't either as they recognize the obvious need to retain Southern recruiting ties. They are a house divided on this matter.

3. The Mississippi schools are just happy to be along for the ride and they know about the struggles of budgeting given the economic woes of their state. They will continue to field competitive teams for football, have stellar baseball, and hope for runs on the hardwood, but they suffer no delusions about natty's in football. In short if the payday is even bigger they are all in.

Football talent pools are shrinking yearly with fewer playing nationally. The Southeast is rapidly becoming the last bastion of talent outside of the state of Texas. The strength of that position for what is the iconic sport in the deep South and Southwest will remain a strategic advantage that the SEC will have with only Clemson and Florida State competing at any sustained and quantity level of success for those recruits.

There's a reason that F.S.U. and now Clemson are dominating the ACC in football. They reside in football first states with access to scores of talent from South Carolina through Georgia and into Florida. Culturally things have been gradually shifting in Miami for 30 years or would still include the Canes. If Ga. Tech had sustained any consistent success I would have included them.
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