Read Barnhart’s latest thought piece about SEC expansion. It doesn’t touch on tradition or rivalries and what makes the best competitive fit. It’s all about keeping up with Big Ten revenue generation.
And that’s the typical analysis you see when somebody discusses the underpinnings of the whole crazed expansion debate. There’s simply a cold-blooded recognition of the laws of supply and demand that I haven’t seen anybody question, other than the spectacularly clueless John Feinstein (and that’s probably due to Delany hatred more than anything else).
Yet, when you turn to the talk about the BCS and playoffs, you rarely see the same type of analysis. Basic economics don’t apply in the same way.
Why is that?