We need to have other suitors in order to negotiate a better deal. One of the problems during the last deal was that NBC basically under-bid us and allowed ESPN to swoop in and match (due to previous contract rules). Have to have FOX, NBC, and/or CBS come in and create a bidding war. Question is, why would they do that if the first time a P5 wants to expand, 10/12 schools jump to try to get in?
Problem also is that you have to be willing to go with the alternative. ESPN has given us much more exposure than we had previously and we’ve ran with it; would moving to another network with much less viewers really help us? Right now, recruits can see us every game; can’t say that about some MWC or CUSA teams. It’s a big reason why the AAC has won the battle against the MWC as the top G5 conference.
Aresco really needs to go outside the box and work with the other G5 conferences (or at least the MWC) and try to at least build an alliance and go to the table together. We really start exploring the digital world and try to get out in front with that and sell them inventory. Setup a G5 championship game with the winner getting the NY6 bowl bid. Push for an expanded playoff with the best G5 team getting a slot. Otherwise, I have a feeling that we’re going to end up like CUSA which had their contract cut along with their exposure.