This financial aggression will not stand, man. What’s Mike Slive’s next move?
Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness
Not a Delany fan because he has been the most effective stumbling block to a playoff for a long time, but he is the best leader of all the commissioners, imo. I don’t always agree with him, especially regarding the worthiness of Big ? football prowess and ethics but he takes a stand and doesn’t check to see which way the wind is blowing before taking a position. Slime is just a reactor and pleaser-politician milking the cash drawer. Delany stepped up to the over signing issue while the SEC pretends like it is a non-issue.
Jim Delany knows that he has the media behind him and he uses it. The B1G might not be able to go toe to toe with the SEC on a regular basis but he knows that under the new system he will get at least the B1G Champion into the playoffs, if they happen to be OSU or Michigan. If OSU and Michigan get beat other than by each other and say Wisconsin slips in again, he knows the B1G is in trouble. He has used the 9 conference game schedule to trick the Selection Committee into thinking that by playing 9 other B1G teams that gives them a stronger SOS. We know this is BS but he is right to try it. Slive is banking on the fact that the SEC has a lot of built up street cred. I think he is going to find that it’s not going to help get two teams in a 4 team playoff.
The PAC12 has a serious disadvantage, they are in the wrong time zone. Half the country is asleep when they kick off. ESPN loves this but the PAC12 is not happy. The only thing the PAC12 has going for it is USC, Oregon and three Stanford employees on the Selection Committee.
There are 5 power conferences and four playoff slots. The ACC will be on the outside looking in and the Big12 will be too if Norte Dame has a good year. The rest of the Power 5 are just playing for the other big bowl games. The next step is the same old screams from the smaller conferences that they are getting screwed. I’ll be surprised if the 4 team playoff lasts 5 years.
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