Georgia Tech Fan
Ironically I just replied to you on the other thread. While I recognize the talking point in the last realignment was about access to market .. dare I say without numbers in hand that this was the theory at the time and doesn’t necessarily translate to now.Are you talking about football recognition, or money. None of the football conferences are going to care at all about football reputation. If a school doesn't bring a large TV market into the conference with it, it doesn't matter what their football reputation is. Texas will add more area to the SEC Network, even if they are close to TA&M. Actually, if Texas joins the SEC, the SEC won't need TA&M for anything anymore. They will have all of the TA&M area plus additional area, and access to Texas.
If a conference adds Houston or Baylor, except for the SEC, they get access to the #5 and #8 TV markets. That is big money for a TV rights negotiation. The conferences are going to care more about how much money they can make than what the perception of the conference will be. 20 years ago, FSO, VT, and Miami were all national powerhouses in football. Perceived strength changes. As an example, the Big10 did not add Maryland to add perceived strength in football. They added Maryland because Maryland brought in the #7 TV market and added money to the conference.
The unknown at the time is What if the market really doesn’t care about the team? If there is limited following to start with (or interest in general in CFB) then the viewership numbers don’t play out. For instance, I would love to see what impact Rutgers has had for B1G. As opposed to a team with brand and tradition such as Auburn mentioned on the other thread (the relevance of Birmingham meaningless in this case).
Similarly what impact has Louisville or Syracuse had for ACC? If I recall, a key motivation in 2010-11 was getting enough teams in order to have separate divisions for the sole — the ONLY — purpose of having a Championship game (which may not be intriguing whatsoever .. or attended if it’s ACC… oh but the corporate $$ and ads fronting money). And I believe the minimum number of teams was the primary motivation of B1G and us for adding schools .. though we getting the former Big East schools + Louisville supported the premise the ACC is basketball first (which, noted elsewhere, doesn’t bring in nearly the $$ as football).