Originally Posted by jhns
Why is this? I thought us, Texas, and OU got a big portion of the Big 12 money but we would have to split more evenly in the Big 10. Wouldn't that be less money Nebraska or do they just make that much more money in the Big 10?
They have a crazy good TV contract going, especially with the Big Ten Network being pretty much national. Right now all the schools get $22 million a year I believe just from TV. I think we get like $11 million right now or something? Add in a Nebraska, Mizzou, maybe Syracuse, let alone Notre Dame...huge money.
As for the Texas recruiting, I've seen arguments both ways. Our recruiting numbers have gone way up there since the Big XII (almost as many players from Texas in the last 15 years as all our history before) so it has to be a real concern. Making this big of a move, though, and playing in what would be nearly an equal to the SEC in prestige along with an incredible TV package would not hurt our national image/exposure.
The rumor I've heard is that if they do get the Big Ten up to 16 teams they want to divide into four divisions of four. Kind of like a pro football conference. Makes sense, but it would be a sea change for NCAA football. Just as we've gotten used to Raiders, Chiefs, Chargers
along with a mix of AFC every year, it would probably be Missouri, Iowa, Illinois
with a mix of other Big Ten (16) teams during our conference play each year.
Also if they go to 16 or even 14 I think the math will be off enough that they'll finally change the name.
Rights to the Big 16 are owned by the Big 12 ironically. Maybe the Big North Athletic Conference?