Sign in to follow this  
Big John

Big Ten to expand again?

Recommended Posts

ESPN is saying that Maryland is looking at joining the Big Ten, with Rutgers likely following suit if that happens.

 

Conference roulette again. :wacko:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well... Those two will make the Big 10 the new power in football. LOL

 

Seriously though, it seems like every conference is just trying to keep pace with the others... but quantity doesn't always equal quality... especially in this case.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well... Those two will make the Big 10 the new power in football. LOL

 

Seriously though, it seems like every conference is just trying to keep pace with the others... but quantity doesn't always equal quality... especially in this case.

Seems the sentiment here is that those schools were chosen for eyeballs in the viewer audience and academic fit mainly. I guess if the Big 10 network is the money maker than I see why they did it. I'd prefer this nonsense all stop but I don't think it'll happen any time soon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Seems the sentiment here is that those schools were chosen for eyeballs in the viewer audience and academic fit mainly. I guess if the Big 10 network is the money maker than I see why they did it. I'd prefer this nonsense all stop but I don't think it'll happen any time soon.

 

Honestly, it's just another thing driving me away from the game. A rather clear and undeniable message that they don't give two craps about the fans.

 

How does this improve the product at all? What's more, how is this not making it worse? It's diluting the product. As a Big 10 fan, you're now going to sacrifice seeing your team playing other teams that you care about for teams you don't.

 

That's how you know that someone is taking their audience for granted, when they make very major moves that specifically damage the product in order to make more money. When this happens in other industries, people leave. They find another brand or something.

 

While the NFL is trying as hard as it can to keep up with the college game in terms of the BS, the college game keeps one step ahead of it in the "we think our fans are gullible chumps" arms race.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Honestly, it's just another thing driving me away from the game. A rather clear and undeniable message that they don't give two craps about the fans.

 

How does this improve the product at all? What's more, how is this not making it worse? It's diluting the product. As a Big 10 fan, you're now going to sacrifice seeing your team playing other teams that you care about for teams you don't.

I dunno. Honestly the future is going to be bigger conferences with more teams playing longer conference schedules. So if a team plays 8 conference games and a mix of weak to medium difficulty out of conference (with maybe one big game) or a team plays 9 conference games and one of the newly added teams is weak to medium difficulty I don't think it's that big of a difference in the long rung. But I haven't thought any of this is really about the fans in a long time. Those added schools will have more resources than they've ever had to become at least average schools in the conference. It's just too bad that those two schools happen to get a ridiculous share of eyeballs in a densely populated part of the US. So I understand why the Big 10 as a business is making the decision for the future of its network. But they broke up the conference I grew up with when they added a bunch of Texas schools to the Big 8 and took away the Oklahoma rivalry so this isn't all that new to people around here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I dunno. Honestly the future is going to be bigger conferences with more teams playing longer conference schedules. So if a team plays 8 conference games and a mix of weak to medium difficulty out of conference (with maybe one big game) or a team plays 9 conference games and one of the newly added teams is weak to medium difficulty I don't think it's that big of a difference in the long rung. But I haven't thought any of this is really about the fans in a long time. Those added schools will have more resources than they've ever had to become at least average schools in the conference. It's just too bad that those two schools happen to get a ridiculous share of eyeballs in a densely populated part of the US. So I understand why the Big 10 as a business is making the decision for the future of its network. But they broke up the conference I grew up with when they added a bunch of Texas schools to the Big 8 and took away the Oklahoma rivalry so this isn't all that new to people around here.

 

Given that your team is new to the Big 10, I'm not sure your opinion is the same as that of a Michigan fan who losing a game with a traditional rival (even if it's not their biggest rival) to play Maryland. After all, given the geography, there's a decent chance that a Michigan fan has old friends who went to other Big 10 rivals. Either that or he may work with some. Far less likely to be the case with Maryland.

 

And I sort of get the allure of wanting the eyeballs in the eastern seaboard, but I honestly wonder how many there are out there that give much of a crap. If there were, you'd think we'd have a decent team come from there now and then and we really don't. It's a college football wasteland. I mean, it's not like bringing in BC did jack all for the ACC.

 

To me, it seems not unlike the NHL or NASCAR being hell-bent on throwing a ton of money at expansion into markets that may never be all that good for them. Obviously college football is a much stronger and rich brand, so it may not be their undoing the way it may end up being for the other two. But just because they can afford this mistake, doesn't mean it's not a mistake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Honestly, it's just another thing driving me away from the game. A rather clear and undeniable message that they don't give two craps about the fans.

 

How does this improve the product at all? What's more, how is this not making it worse? It's diluting the product. As a Big 10 fan, you're now going to sacrifice seeing your team playing other teams that you care about for teams you don't.

 

That's how you know that someone is taking their audience for granted, when they make very major moves that specifically damage the product in order to make more money. When this happens in other industries, people leave. They find another brand or something.

 

While the NFL is trying as hard as it can to keep up with the college game in terms of the BS, the college game keeps one step ahead of it in the "we think our fans are gullible chumps" arms race.

 

 

Agreed, but I think the superconferences were the only way they were gonna allow a playoff.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.