It's been a while since we've talked Big East expansion, so let's talk about what's going on...
So, that's it. See you next time!
Alright, well, if we're already here, we might as well talk about something. How bout let's talk about all the issues that exist when it comes to the media deal that's at the center of our possible expansion.
"I still put them [Army and Navy] above the whole cast of characters," a source said. "There's nothing also there. It's just a mess."
What is this person talking about? UCF couldn't be more ready to be a full-fledged member of the conference with decent football and basketball programs. Villanova is a viable stadium away from joining us for football. East Carolina would murder everyone you know if it meant they could join the Big East.
Yet, to this person, the two programs that haven't been relevant since 1963 are far and away better choices? I guess... (Yes, I know both schools have had good seasons sporadically, but, come on...)
Though here's one interesting factoid mentioned that complicates matters. The football and basketball TV deals are not synced up.
Here's something else to consider when the Big East begins negotiating its media-rights deal, the league's current football and basketball deals are not "synced up." The basketball contract expires after the 2012-13 school year, the football contract after the 2013-14 school year.
"It's a complicating factor," a source said. "It's not a clean situation."
So if the league ultimately decides to spurn ESPN for another network in 2013, what happens to that final year of Big East football? Will The Worldwide Leader move every Big East game to ESPN7.org?
Ultimately, the discussion is about how, if the league is truly concerned with spreading as much wealth as possible, perhaps less is more when it comes to Big East football. Since ten teams doesn't get you a championship game, what's the difference between 9 and 10 teams ultimately other than a little less money to go around?