And it will still be significantly more than the A10's.When the Big East TV contract is over, the new one (ex Pitt, WVa, Cuse and their MONSTER sized alumni bases) the conference will not have the same marketing power as before. Also, football money being drained out will have some effect. The gap will close. If Rutgers or UConn get lured away, the picture changes again.
You must be convinced that the most powerful program in the history of the league is going to fall off of the map now that their coach has retired, since I don't see them mentioned here.Georgetown, Louisville, Cincinnati, Temple, Memphis, Marquette, Villanova, St. John's is a very strong group of teams.
And it will still be significantly more than the A10's.
Exactly! In fact, the departure of Pitt, WVU, and Syracuse actually makes it less likely that the hoops schools would end up on their own. Those three schools had the power to force a split from the hoops schools, the remaining football schools don't. I think this was close to happening, and is the reason why the ACC pulled the trigger. Had the BE football schools broken away, they likely would have agreed to penalties that would have kept any of them from leaving. This would have left the ACC vulnerable to being raided, with no reasonable replacements available. With those schools gone, the remaining football schools aren't attractive enough either as a football, or hoops league, to really stand on it's own.Big East basketball only members are poised to receive more than 10 times the amount A-10 schools get from their new tv deal. The article points out that this is because the Big East is able to leveage football with basketball. That is why the idea that the Catholic basketball onlies would willingly break away from the Big East to form their own conference is a pipedream. While a basketball only version of the old Big East could command more money than the A-10, it would be a huge decrease from what they currently get (probably severla million dollars per yr for each member). The Catholic basketball onlies may not like the direction of the Big East but they cannot afford to willingly walk away. The only way they form their own league is if the BE completely falls apart. While the BE could still lose some football members, there will be still be enough left to keep the league alive. Most of the football schools will be left without a better alternative and they will not leave for money reasons as well. It is the money that is keeping this odd collection of schools together and it is likely to continue to stay that way while that money it is still available.
The key question is what brings in more advertising dollars?Look at it from the Network's perspective: It's going to cost them ten times as much to broadcast the Seton Hall v Georgetown game than the Butler v SLU game. If the A-10 continues to deliver good games and starts to deliver good audiences, the match will push them towards us.