Well, that’s one way of looking at it.

The last wave of conference expansion, primarily motivated by sheer greed, has been the most destructive action concerning college football in my lifetime.  In its wake, scheduling for both football and basketball in the Southeastern Conference can be described as falling somewhere between ridiculous and nightmarish.  And of course, it’s laid bare the money chase that infests every athletic program nowadays, which comes at the cost of ignoring the wishes of much of the conference’s fan bases in various forms.  (Noon in Sanford Stadium… doesn’t that send chills up your spine?)

But if you ask the crack pundits at ESPN, it’s all good.

SEC

Gained: Missouri, Texas A&M
Lost: Nobody

How it’s worked out: The conference expanded its geographic footprint, and both football programs had success early on (the Aggies started 20-6 in the first two seasons, and Missouri won SEC East titles in 2013 and 2014). In 2014, two years after the schools joined, the SEC Network launched, and it has been successful in terms of distribution and revenue. That has only strengthened the conference. The league outpaces every other in the country when it comes to media-rights revenue distribution.  [Emphasis added.]

Woo hoo!  What’s good for ESPN is good for the SEC.

The WWL’s article celebrating the first few years of the sixteen-team college football playoff field writes itself, doesn’t it?

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7 responses to “Well, that’s one way of looking at it.

  1. DoubleDawg1318

    I thought of this blog as soon as I saw this yesterday. There was almost no mention of improvement to the product, just improvement to the bottom line. Makes me giddy as a fan just thinking about the extra cash in the coffers. Forget about ruined rivalries and noon games, it’s the cash that matters!

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    • Uglydawg

      Nice summary of what’s destroying College football there, Double.
      Noon kickoffs in the Georgia heat..empty seats, dull crowd is driven by TV money. Coaches paid zillions..waterfalls in locker rooms…long lulls in the action for TV breaks, trumps 7 o’clock kickoff in the cool of the evening with the stadium full of fans who tailgated the afternoon away, the smell of bourbon..tipsy coeds…and no TV. Which one would you rather be at? “Money is the root of much evil”. The quality of the fan experience is expendable and being sacrificed for dollars.

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  2. Ubiquiotus GA Alum

    One thing I do enjoy is visiting Columbia … not the Satan’s Crotchpit one.

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  3. Macallanlover

    SEC expansion hasn’t been that bad for me as a fan, but it certainly would be better with a ninth conference game to reduce the time between seeing other teams…ten would be even better. As for the choices, I really like having A&M and think they are not only a great fit, they are better than many of the original conference members. I am neutral on Mizzou, think I would have gone another way but can live with them being in, or OK if they leave.

    The conference that really imploded and blew chunks with their decisions regarding realignment is the Big 12. Completely lost their identity, but they deserve it for not handling the Texas decision before it split the conference.

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  4. Southernlawyer11

    McGarity should be leading the charge on dropping divisions and switching to the 3-5 “Roommate Switch” model. Every blog and media outlet has covered, ad nauseum, Georgia’s weak schedule and scheduling conundrum, permanently hemmed in by the Tech and Florida games. If nobody wants to move an inch on Tech or Florida, we need to be pushing for a system that does NOT have us also playing Vandy, Kentucky and Missouri every single year. It would also mean dropping UT from every year to every other year, but also having the opportunity to meet them in Atlanta (not that it matters but its a nice unintended byproduct of what would be the “biggest loss” under that proposal).

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  5. The conference jumped the shark when they signed up Missouri. Wish they would be gone.

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