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I had an interesting conversation with someone I know that is a generally reliable source of things in college football that are not necessarily going to appear in the news. None of this may be new information and it may not even be entirely true but for what it is worth here goes.
He was saying the major force driving the realignment of college football is the fight between Fox and ESPN/ABC over market share for college football viewers. He went on to say that Fox told the Big Ten that if they added Maryland and Rutgers that they (FOX) would guarantee that the Big Ten Network would be added to every basic cable package on the upper Eastern seaboard. He also said that if the Big Ten could add the Atlanta television audience that it would be worth an estimated additional $27 million to Georgia Tech and any other ACC team that would come with them into the Big Ten.
They made their move this year with starting a broadcasting team and coverage. The BIg has positioned themselves to be quite lucrative going forward.
Personally I'd love to see someone kick ESPIN in their teeth OR ban them to the south, which is where they put their apples at anyway. Have fun broadcasting in Mississippi.
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While I agree Chuck, the unfortunate problem we face is that in the depleted entrants 2012, either SEC Mississippi school (or both) would have played for the B10 championship.. This is great news though and makes sense.. I love competition to Goofy and Mickey Mouse
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It also in my opinion explains why their is so much B1G hate on ESPN as we are on the fox side. Just look at our performance versus the ACC and you don't see the ACC hate. Hell, OSU by themselves than their entire conference combined!
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