Draftnik wrote:Sports Biz Miss says the SEC will be able to go back to ESPN and open their TV contract if they expand. That explains why they might expand. It could be their ticket to create an SEC network.
I don't think SEC expansion will trigger a major upheaval in conference alignment. A few schools might move as a result of the SEC expanding, but the SEC being able to create an SEC network would be a Grand Slam for them. No other conference has that kind of upside right now in terms of adding another team or two.
I agree. I don't think there will be a major upheaval, at least initially. I honestly think the following will happen:
- A&M goes to SEC, and either Mizzou, NC State, or WVU is the 14th team. I think it will be WVU IMO, as I don't think the SEC wants to go to Mizzou, and NC State (or any other ACC team) would say "no".
The ultimate loser out of this is going to be the BE. I think the BE is going to lose 1 team, and it most likely will be WVU. This all at a time when it looked like the BE was going to get a good TV contract and catch up to the lower half of the BCS $$$ wise.
I think when we will ultimately know if there is going to be a huge landscape shift is 2015-2016. That is when the Big 10 renegotiates it's TV deal. IF ESPN wants the Big 10 to expand and willing to pay them the $$$$ to do so, to get into some other markets, that is when you will see another shift.
If there is only partial movement, I don't like where Pitt will be. We will most likely be in a conference that has lost 1 or 2 other teams.