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  1. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    I wonder if even that would be enough to close the gap all the way. It would probably be a close call, and PSU would have to cover the buyout to boot. But I guess it might be a possibility. The ACC might cover the buyout.
  2. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    The best strategic decision we could make now is to spend the money we have wisely. We can only get ahead by getting a bigger bang for the buck.
  3. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    Yes, but they'd have to give up at least 17 million as a member of the ACC in order for them to keep their 4 million. Big Ten Daily: Big Ten Led All Conferences in 2020 Revenue - Sports Illustrated Indiana Hoosiers News, Analysis and More School Payouts Big Ten: $54.3 million SEC: $45.5...
  4. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    That's a good question. I guess the answer is, unfortunately, that it's all about money - the root of all evil (or at least, most of it).
  5. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    More and more and more money until the bubble bursts and they price themselves out of the market. That seems to be the current business model.
  6. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    Too much emphasis on the amount of money brought in, and not enough of how wisely it's spent. Imagine if we'd taken all the money spent on adding empty seats to BDS and instead spent it on, say, recruiting staff or coaches' salaries. Maybe we could have then been able to actually add the seats...
  7. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    Well, it's interesting. The ACC also holds Notre Dame hostage, at least until 2036.
  8. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    "Mercer". Right.
  9. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    Yeah, their quality of play is quite a bit above those ridiculous examples.
  10. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    They've more than held their own against Power 5 opponents, and besides, if you put them in a power 5 conference their recruiting is going to vastly improve immediately.
  11. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    No, we should consider them because they will provide another rival for UVA, VT, and Pitt, thus adding excitement to the conference which equals fans and the money they bring, In all this talk about TV markets, we're forgetting what made college football great to begin with. Provide exciting...
  12. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    In order to look into the future, you have to look at potential. UCF is on a steep upward trajectory, they have 70,000 students, they have made a strong commitment to football, they have a stadium that was designed for a future upgrade to 65,000 seats, and they are smack in the middle of...
  13. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    Well, they'd better hurry up. We need to give them an offer they can't refuse, with the understanding it's our last one.
  14. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    If we add schools, we can only add those that are available. So the criterion of practicality will be determined by necessity. No, the ACC isn't going to be able to poach Big Ten teams, as much as we'd like them to. The future should be the other criterion. Strengthening our Florida presence...
  15. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    Regarding UCF, they weren't seriously on anyone's radar ten years ago, but forward-thinking folks might be getting the idea by now that a school with 70,000 students smack in the middle of Florida might be on a very strong upward trajectory. Regarding media markets, the biggest ones aren't...
  16. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    Once burnt, twice learnt.
  17. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    We could always go independent :=)
  18. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    I'm not sure. I'm not in favor of too-big conferences, but IIWII and I accept that there's that's the way the world is. So, if the question is, who do we add to get to 16 and keep up with the Joneses, I don't have a solid answer. Notre Dame is in a sweet spot and isn't going to budge without...
  19. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    Well if we could add ND and Penn State, I'm all for it - but they don't seem to be available.
  20. bobongo

    Expansion Talk 2021

    You might not like WVU, but surely you don't see them as being on the same level as Liberty, or anywhere remotely near it. Liberty is ridiculous.
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