AAC Media Days occurred today which led to a bunch more articles. Same as yesterday where I separate the posts into National, Local Big 12, Local Expansion, and other
AS BIG 12 EXPANSION LOOMS OVER AAC, NEW MEDIA COULD END UP PIVOTAL TO BOTH LEAGUES’ FUTURES
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Big 12’s long-term plans are predicated on cashing in from alternative broadcast sources, which could include Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Netflix or some broadcast medium that’s yet to have been invented.
In a fitting twist, the appetite of those non-traditional broadcasters will best be gauged by none other than the AAC. The AAC’s television deals expire in 2019, which means that it will get a chance to be a guinea pig for bringing so-called “new media” to the table. “Anyone with eyes can tell that the big Internet companies—I wouldn’t even call them new media, they’re not anymore—are going to be bigger players,” AAC commissioner Mike Aresco told SI.com on Tuesday. “There’s no question. TV is TV and media is media. You can watch a game on a pie plate.”
American Athletic Conference prepares for Big 12’s expansion
“This is not going to be fun. It’s not going to be easy,” Aresco said. “We know we had to rebuild three years ago. I think it was a dire situation then. It’s probably less so now but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be specific challenges. We’re trying to be prepared.”
Big 12’s status among the Power Five clearly in jeopardy
Four conferences of 16 teams has been talked about forever, especially during the realignment panic of 2010. It nearly happened then, with Texas strongly considering an exit from the Big 12 at a time when Texas A&M and Missouri already were leaving for the SEC, Colorado had left for the Pac-12 and Nebraska for the Big Ten. The league was salvaged, but it has not kept pace with the others – most importantly the Atlantic Coast Conference, which faced its own vulnerability but has smartly maneuvered itself onto more solid ground.
Why football-only Big 12 membership could be so uncomfortable for BYU and UConn
Even if BYU’s other teams are left behind and the football team heads to the Big 12, it’s hard to argue those teams are definitively worse off. Any extra money the football team earns can only help the rest of the university, and joining the Big 12 would give the Cougars bowl tie-ins and a strong schedule every year.
UConn has bigger risks, though. The Huskies’ non-football teams could be stuck in no-man’s land if other American competition leaves for the Big 12 in more sports than one, and anything that harms the school’s basketball programs would be a bad thing. The American isn’t ideal, but it’s a home.
“I keep telling our membership, if we continue to be relevant and get fans interested in what we’re doing and we’re a really scrappy underdog that becomes a competitor, the networks will have an interest in us,” he said earlier this year. “It’s that simple.”
We created 5 NCAA super conferences based on geography, and they’re beautiful