is a legitimate debate about a ten-game conference football schedule.
One possible solution to this that the conference athletic directors are considering is the 10-game conference schedule. Of course, while that balances out home and road games in conference, it only leaves space for two nonconference games, which means it could be just as hard to get to seven home games on the season.
“Most of us need seven home games in order to make our local budgets,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said. “Is there a way to overcome that? I don’t know. We’ll have to look at that. The conference is aware that it’s an issue.”
A reason they can contemplate losing that seventh home game is the math behind what a tenth conference game adds to the value of the broadcast package.
… The more Big Ten games that are played give the Big Ten more Big Ten games to show on its network and sell as part of the conference’s new television deal. All of which leads to more money.
Money that could help overcome the loss of an occasional home game.
This will be interesting to keep an eye on, no doubt. Especially as we watch Slive tap dance with the networks on the new SEC TV deals (and possible birth of a SEC Network).