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Old 05-18-2018, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris R View Post
Not convinced UD wants to fund their basketball program in a league with football money. Two reasons:

1. They have to compete with football money
2. They have to compete knowing nobody playing football in the AAC even wants to be there, which means by default all of their sports dont want to be there.

Tough to be committed to a new league when half the league already card-carrying league members would rather be elsewhere. If you play football and are in the AAC, you are in the AAC only because nobody of significance wanted you. It's a humbling reality.

UConn would have been better to join the Big East and play independent football, or just drop football entirely and chalk it up to a bad set of decisions. At least then the money pit stops getting deeper. When UConn made the Fiesta Bowl, they sold 2,800 tickets and had to eat the other 15,000 to a tune of $3M. All the other UConn sports which have been far more successful and got sidelined to let football steer the bus. No program mens or womens have won more Nattys in the last 25yrs.

Right now the AAC looks intriguing, but what about 5-10-15yrs from now. Just a couple years ago the AAC didnt have jack diddly on the A10. Things ebb and flow. Leagues go up and down. In February the A10 was Juan Bid. When the smoke cleared we punched 3 teams which is precisely the same as the AAC. Yep the AAC's cellar was better than the A10 cellar and that's where they parlayed better math, but how many people really care about the cellar. Its how many teams you send to the Dance -- whether hook or by crook.
How are we competing against football money if in an actual BCS/power conference the Big East UConn struggled to make money on the Fiesta Bowl and now in the AAC the money from the TV deal that football brings in is considerably less?

By all accounts money wise Dayton's basketball budget would be competitive in the AAC and the schools with bigger budgets like UConn/Memphis aren't getting that money from the football team or the meager TV revenue they're pulling in

We don't know how the AAC will look 10 years down the line. We also don't know how the situation or place in college hoops for the A10 will look like down the line either.

Scheduling is getting harder for schools outside the Power 5/Big East, fewer at large bids are going to the conferences outside the power ones, fewer top 100 recruits are going to conferences outside the top 7. The trend is not looking good for leagues like the A10, Mountain West, Missouri Valley

The A10 got 3 bids last year in a down year but past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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