Yes, I said super conference.
The new, badass league will consist of 18 to 24 members and start in the 2013-14 academic year. It would not only have a conference championship football game, but also conference semifinals. Isn’t that fancy? Conference USA and the Mountain West would continue as is for the 2012-13 season.
“This is an exciting development that will stabilize the current conferences and create the first truly national conference with members in five time zones and television viewership from coast to coast,” UNLV president Neal Smatresk said.
Exciting for who? Which conferences will be stabilized? TV viewership from coast to coast? This has to be a joke.
You know the SEC and Pac 12 are shaking in their boots right now at the thought of 18-24 ho-hum teams joining forces to take on the world! The Mountain West went 52-49 last season and if you take out Boise State and TCU, they dazzled college football fans across the country with a 29-46 record. Albeit, they are comprised of only eight teams.
Conference USA and their 12-team league were under .500 last season with a record of 74-79. Combine the two leagues and guess what? You still have a sub-.500 league at 126-128.
I wonder how UAB Athletic Director Brian Mackin plans on funding road trips to California, Idaho and Wyoming in the coming years. The Blazers lose money when they travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and now they are going to take huge hits to their operating budget when they have to fly to Nevada and Colorado.
I understand that there will be more money coming into the souped-up conference but with 18-24 hands in the pot, the money isn’t going to stretch as far as it needs. If Smatresk thinks they are going to attract better players and more fans just because there are more teams, he is incredibly mistaken. See law of diminishing returns.