To me, sweet irony would be if La Salle or Fordham jumps to the MAAC/Patriot League and had to dole out a $1-$2 million exit fee check to the A-10 office. We can all dream, can't we?I am sure the A10 commish has a similar deal in the works.
And exit fees from the A10 will also be increased in the near future also to discourage schools from jumping to other conferences.
One thing seems certain - I wouldn't expect an announcement on Butler or Xavier anytime soon if either one of those schools gets scraps at the C-7 table compared to DePaul or Seton Hall. This is the one bargaining chip the A-10 has at keeping Butler and Xavier - they (along with VCU, Dayton, SLU, etc) could be given a similar preferential status as far as future A-10 revenue sharing. Any future A-10 TV contract will still pale in comparison to the C-7, though.This'll end up taking a while and be pretty contentious. I can't imagine Butler nor Creighton, Xavier, etc would ever agree to joining a league under those conditions. But the money is too great for everyone to not come to an accord.
It tells me just how desperate networks are for "inventory" as it relates to college basketball games (or any sport in general).Crazy like a Fox?
The Fox network would be absolutely crazy to pay that much for that many years for an untested league in a new college basketball world.
Fox Sports doesn't have any inventory. When they re-launch Versus, they're going to need programming. This conference gives them just that. As more of these sports networks pop up (Fox, NBCSN, CBSSN), they're going to start paying more in order to get sports and their games on their stations.A 12 year deal? Why in the world would they offer a 12 year deal for something as risky as this? I assume there's exit clauses of some kind.
Looking at those teams, it's 1 famous program, 2 decent ones with at least some history, and 4 anchors being dragged along with them. They need marquee programs to join in the worst way, and even then, that's no guarantee of success. I think Xavier and others' negotiating positions are pretty strong in this case and that they could argue for at least a full share. I also think Xavier et al. should be suggesting all kinds of scenarios to Georgetown, Villanova, and Marquette for ways they could escape from some or all of the other 4 also-rans and form a better conference that doesn't need to split money as many ways.
If its only Butler & Xavier who are not 'complicit' I tend to disagree. The C7 would just move down the list looking at not only A-10 schools but also Creighton, Gonzaga etc. Butler and Xavier will have alot more leverage if Dayton, Creighton ans St.Louis are with them.It's not really that big of stretch. The whole thing falls apart if Xavier and Butler are not complicit (think of them like the UAW and the teamsters and the C7 is GM). Everyone else would just then fall inline. They have no alternatives. A group of 7 teams isnt a conference and that reality becomes clearer as the time dwindles away to 7/1/14. cThis is sort of how labor negotiations go. It's funny it's manifesting itself in this context.