- Washington, DC
No disagreement here.1. Making a sport more exclusive, by definition is hurting the fanbase --agreed. However, we're talking about University Presidents, most of whom are far into their careers with maybe a 3-5 year timeline. As we've seen time and time again, they're looking to max out revenue over the near to mid-term. It would be great if they consider the long term future, and no doubt some will, but I think history has shown they won't look that far out. They all have their eye on the next media rights, and the windfall of an expanded playoff.
This really is one of the biggest aspects to watch. ESPN was instrumental in the SEC adding OU and UT. Fox owns 49% of the BTN. One would assume Fox is heavily invested in countering ESPN's move.4. The media partners are going to have a lot of clout in how this plays out. They know the numbers, or at least have the most persuasive idea of what they will be, since they'll be bidding on the rights. There's going to be a huge battle behind the scenes to take advantage of a new landscape and expanded playoff. There for sure will be winners and losers. Kinda wish Delany was at the helm.
Interestingly, unlike the SEC and B1G, the Pac-12 owns their network outright. That initially seemed like a really smart play, but knowing what we know now might be one of the things that kill the conference.