You think we’ll hear anything from the fairness folks about this?
Dannen said this move by the Big Ten could be “significantly impactful” on FCS budgets.
“To me, it’s a $500,000 budget hit, and that is significant,” Dannen said. “It impacts our ability to generate money in football. It closes the ranks, it closes us out a little bit more. I understand why it’s happening, but at some point in time, the owners of these institutions — not just stakeholders, I’m talking owners, the state of Iowa — at what point in time do they step in and say, ‘You know what, the interests of a few as such a disservice to the whole that we have to start thinking about the whole again.’
“Money transferred between state institutions is different than money being paid to someone outside the state of Iowa.”
That’s actually not a bad argument to make to a state legislature. I wonder what would happen if Iowa passed a law requiring its D-1 schools to continue scheduling football games with Northern Iowa. It sure wouldn’t make Jim Delany happy.