What is this new trend in conference affiliation?

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What is this new trend in conference affiliation?

Post by BroadwayVik » March 31st, 2014, 10:48 am

Now we see conferences expanding membership to well beyond 12 teams. I understand the situation in which both Missouri and Texas A&M wanted to get the hell out of the Big XII Conference in that it is dominated in an ugly way for them by the University of Texas. The change for good for Baylor though as they have been completely reinvented and re-energized.

The baseball movie, Moneyball, showed one means in which teams that did not have the lion's share could compete successfully with those that did given that they could find value in ways the weathly teams were not yet aware. But once the wealthy find out these means, the system goes back to being an unfair game. Those with money dominate and make the game boringly predictable.

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Expanding to beyond-12 teams, just when the Pac-12 finally capitulated to expanding to 12 teams, most likely has a dark financial incentive behind it. For example, if a conference has, say, 15 teams, would they not be likely to be awarded a greater share of bowl game participation than a conference with 12 teams? And, again, with distortions worked into the equation, such as SEC #3 versus Big XII #2. This is a perverse reward to the larger conference simply for being more populated.

We need to get back to uniformity of participation in the NCAA structure, preferably with 12-team conferences as the maximal number. Where are things likely go if, for example, the SEC kept right on growing its membership numbers? Would they eventually split into separate conferences, as the old WAC did, perhaps this time with each being controlled by SEC oversight? Is that what the race is for? What body controls NCAA sports through athletics monetary competition among the various conferences with majority affiliation and television contracts ruling?

There is something undoubtedly very impure about such a state of affairs. :ohno: People will act according to where the rewards are placed. The NCAA can arrange the placement of rewards and incentives. Does their love of money exceed their honorable intentions? Do they equate these as being synonymous?
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Re: What is this new trend in conference affiliation?

Post by martymoose » March 31st, 2014, 5:22 pm

BroadwayVik wrote:The NCAA can arrange the placement of rewards and incentives. Does their love of money exceed their honorable intentions? Do they equate these as being synonymous?
I thought of this recent story when I read the last part of your post:

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Conference realignment is just based on financial gain. Athletic Departments (and their Universities) are trying to get into one of the two groups that are forming that they will gain the most financially; the haves and not the have nots.

In my opinion, some sort of an honorable intention in the above story would have paid the Ohio State Athletic Director a bonus if the all of their student athletes averaged a 3.8 GPA for the entire year. Unfortunately that's not the way the college athletics landscape operates...

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Re: What is this new trend in conference affiliation?

Post by Pounder » March 31st, 2014, 9:06 pm

Um...

Any stricture imposed on the big schools can become the reason they leave the NCAA and form their own organization.

Hence the NCAA treads carefully, and more so than in the past.

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Re: What is this new trend in conference affiliation?

Post by BroadwayVik » April 1st, 2014, 7:21 am

Hmm...

Seems to me I read somewhere that the love of money is the root of all evil. You make a good point in that universities could exit NCAA oversight if the association doesn't allow them degrees of freedom to chase after money. Guess the NCAA is not to blame for this one as the SEC originated this trend back in the early 1990s.

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Bowling for Dollars takes on a whole new meaning. Soon student athletes will likely be paid and will become "haves" among university students. I can see more polarization coming in which certain students will choose their university more vehemently on the basis of athletics versus no athletics.
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