This is old news. But I like to show up fashionably late to a party.
Last month, Outside the Lines (which I am not a fan of after the PSU/JoePa witch hunt) had a segment about college sports and tv revenue. In that piece, it was revealed that the Big Ten makes $242 MILLION in tv revenue, and that's before money brought in by advertisements. Holy Cow Delany! That is the most out of any Division I conference. And that is split equally among the eleven schools in the conference.
That is $22 million being earned by PSU for you non math majors.
I guess the Big Ten Network experiment worked. Really well.
Which really makes you think about the expansion talk. There is some interweb talk about who would be added? Everyone from Cincinnati and Rutgers to the old favorite Notre Dame. But apparently now this is a black horse candidate in the University of Texas.
In a great blog, Frank the Tank talks about the 11+1=13 Rule. Which basically comes down to money. And that leaves about two viable and really attractive schools, Notre Dame and Texas. I really suggest reading that article because it is fantastic.
Sure, there are some major downfalls to Texas, things like Texas size Big Hair, the Cowboys, insane travel to get there. But Texas is also academically smart, ranked 47th with PSU in the US News and World Report, clearly is a good program in sports, and last, but clearly not least, they can make the conference a ton of money.
Kind of hard to dislike this idea.
So unless ND realizes the basic math principle of $22million being greater than the $9million they make in their paltry NBC contract, I say let's Hook 'Em Horns.