A conference with a network? Or a network of conference sports programming?

Jim Delany reportedly thinks the next Big Ten Network broadcast deal is going to make major bank for his member schools.

If that’s the case, I really don’t think he gives a damn if people like me criticize him bringing schools like Rutgers into the conference.

Don’t think his peers won’t take note, either.


Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness

11 responses to “A conference with a network? Or a network of conference sports programming?

  1. 81Dog

    It has little to do with how good Big Ten football is, and everything to do with the number of eyeballs (and their accompanying demographics) that will watch Big Ten games.

    If you had this discussion in 1950, and ESPN existed then, I’m sure the Ivy League and the service academies would have been drawing TV money in an inordinate amount to their actual dominance. Eventually, people may quit watching, that swath of the country just has lots of people, and even the ones who went to school up there and had the good sense to move south still watch.

    It’s all numbers. Forget about rankings based on football prowess. Television is only ever about money. If the suits spend a lot, it’s because they expect to make a lot more.


    • OrlandoDawg

      It’s not even totally about how many eyeballs will watch. It’s about how many households will be forced to pay for the network if they want to have cable TV, whether they watch the BTN or not.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Oy. Let’s just abandon pretenses and hire hedge fund managers as conference commissioners.


    • I’d just hire a bunch of upper level ESPN guys. Eliminate the middle man. 😉


      • 81Dog

        The guys who run Disney have refined the Cash Vaccuum Approach to a fine edge. They’re the perfect guys to separate sports fans from their wallets; have you ever seen a more unreasoning, child like devotion to sports teams than most fans have? If you think, as a parent, keeping your wallet in your pocket at Disney World is hard when your children are ODing on Disney trinkets, wait until YOU’RE the kid, except you control the wallet.

        Those Disney guys could squeeze money out of almost thin air. If frackers were half so efficient, the US could pump enough crude to run itself without imports for the next 1000 years.


        • Normaltown Mike

          You’ll be disturbed to know that Disney no longer even requires a wallet. In true Brave New World fashion, they issue a wrist band with the Mickey logo linked to your credit card. It is conveniently scanned for all of your purchases on Disney campus.


          • Anon

            That’s kinda how these networks operate. Whether you “demand” to have the SEC Network or not, or watch any of their crap non-live game programming, your bills are going to go up.


          • Brave New World…love the reference. When I do face time, I want a Mask like The Jetsons used. That was like 2001 a Space Odyssey and here we are even more advanced.


  3. Bright Idea

    And if the SECN keeps pushing Finebaum as their go to guy the Big10N may get more viewers.


  4. JCDAWG83

    How often will the programs get a $50 million check?