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Big Ten and other Conference Expansion

Discussion in 'College Football' started by Mike80, Jul 26, 2007.


Which Teams Should the Big Ten Add? (please limit to four selections)

  1. Boston College

    29 vote(s)
  2. Cincinnati

    17 vote(s)
  3. Connecticut

    6 vote(s)
  4. Duke

    17 vote(s)
  5. Georgia Tech

    50 vote(s)
  6. Kansas

    43 vote(s)
  7. Maryland

    66 vote(s)
  8. Missouri

    91 vote(s)
  9. North Carolina

    27 vote(s)
  10. Notre Dame

    195 vote(s)
  11. Oklahoma

    72 vote(s)
  12. Pittsburgh

    41 vote(s)
  13. Rutgers

    38 vote(s)
  14. Syracuse

    17 vote(s)
  15. Texas

    118 vote(s)
  16. Vanderbilt

    13 vote(s)
  17. Virginia

    38 vote(s)
  18. Virginia Tech

    58 vote(s)
  19. Stay at 12 teams and don't expand

    24 vote(s)
  20. Add some other school(s) not listed

    14 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member

    If the B1G goes to twenty with two 10-team divisions, and nabs UNC, UVA, and ND in the process, my vote for divisions names are Money and Mo' Money.
  2. LovelandBuckeye

    LovelandBuckeye If you choose positivity you must first bitch up.

    My recommendation is Bling Division and Bling Division. BLING BLING!!
  3. broken24

    broken24 Rookie

  4. Woody1968

    Woody1968 Agent Provocateur

    ECU is football only, Tulane is all sports.
  5. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    FWIW, UNC/UVA grab a lot of the Atlanta tv market. While I'd love to have GT on board, there are a ton of Tarheel/Cav alums in/around Atlanta. They all move here after graduation.
  6. FIFY
  7. VBSJ

    VBSJ Newbie

    Since they're either go to court or mediation, how low does Maryland negotiate the exit fee to?

    The lawsuit filed Tuesday was for about $53 million. Incredible the exit fee went from $10 million to $50 million in less than a year.
  8. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    Maryland had originally agreed to raising the fee to $20M so I would be surprised if the final amount were less than that. $20-$30M range is my guess.
  9. exhawg

    exhawg Self Mythologizing Monster Staff Member

    It will be interesting to see if them voting no on the increase changes anything.
  10. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member

    Loh's point of contention was that there was nothing formal drafted re: the increase from $20m to $50m or a date written in contract for when it would take effect. Loh has characterized the fee increase as a conference call amongst ACC members, a 10-2 vote in favor of, and with a majority vote passing the $50m fee went into effect immediately.

    There was an article detailing this at WashingtonPost.com, but it's past the free cut-off date and is now premium.

    Between this and the [Mark May]ty TV deal Swofford negotiated that essentially holds every member hostage until 2027, it makes sense why Maryland was looking for an exit sign, any exit sign to anywhere, ASAP. The University wanted out before the forfeited anymore TV dollars or had that $50m exit-fee in an ACC membership manual next year.
  11. VBSJ

    VBSJ Newbie

    That's what I'm trying to figure out, because if it's $20m and you're Florida State or Clemson, leave the ACC immediately.

    Both Clemson and FSU will eventually be making half of what in-state SEC schools will be making from TV. Same with Georgia Tech.

    So that's why I'm wondering if everyone's just waiting to see what Maryland pays.
  12. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    It will be interesting to see whether the ACC is able to hold Maryland liable to pay a fee it never actually agreed to. Unless UM's continued participation in ACC activities was regarded as effective agreement with contract terms (a position I find hard to swallow from a contract perspective), it seems to me Maryland has an excellent position from which to claim coercion by the ACC and therefore relief from most of the "liquidated damages" (which is all these exit fees amount to).
  13. VBSJ

    VBSJ Newbie

    It's comical that the $53 million lawsuit is three times the ACC's annual operating budget.

    I hope the Big Ten is at least a sounding board or assistant counsel to Maryland, because they might get ganged up on.
  14. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    That is my thought as well. Talks are going on through back channels but we won't see anything concrete until schools have a more concrete number for the Maryland exit fees.
  15. muffler dragon

    muffler dragon Bien. Bien chiludo.

    Doesn't this beg the consideration that IF more schools left at the same time, THEN the ACC would have less of an argument for collection of such an exorbitant amount?

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