Jim Delany why do you hate the Big 10?
According to Nielsen, ESPN lost 621,000 cable subscribers in just one month.
So nice work, Jim Delany. The cable sports business model began imploding juuuuuust as you decided that the potential for slightly larger pots of money in the short term outweighed us doing meaningless things like playing games against Wisconsin or Nebraska or Minnesota.
Water is wet, does a bear shit in the woods, etc. Just thought it relevant for anyone here harboring any remote hopes we could ever jettison this embarrassment from our conference.
Quotes so quintessentially Delany you'd identify the source if I posted them here with no context:
Delany, in his first public comments on Rutgers since the university began investigating coach Kyle Flood in August, told the Tribune the Big Ten does not regret adding Rutgers. As Delany noted, the Rutgers/Maryland expansion fulfilled a "strategic objective" to penetrate several giant East Coast markets.
"It might be a fun read that the Big Ten has remorse, but it's somewhat irrelevant," Delany said. "I can't name an institution during my (26-year) tenure that has not had a serious personnel or ethical issue at one point. These are high-profile situations with lots of exposure. I wish we never had any of it at our schools, but I'm realistic."
Article may trick you into thinking it's paywalled, but it's not. Give link a few tries. Also, article is from yesterday, but site search turned up nothing.
Andy Staples just wrote an article detailing the possible consequences of the O'Bannon lawsuit, if the plaintiffs win.
"...it has been my longstanding belief that The Big Ten's schools would forgo the revenues in those circumstances and instead take steps to downsize the scope, breadth and activity of their athletic programs," Delany wrote. "Several alternatives to a 'pay for play' model exist, such as the Division III model, which does not offer any athletics-based grants-in-aid, and, among others, a need-based financial model. These alternatives would, in my view, be more consistent with The Big Ten's philosophy that the educational and lifetime economic benefits associated with a university education are the appropriate quid pro quo for its student athletes."
"It's not that we want to go Division III or go to need-based aid," Delany said. "It's simply that in the plaintiff's hypothetical -- and if a court decided that Title IX is out and players must be paid -- I don't think we'd participate in that. I think we'd choose another option. ... If that's the law of the land, if you have to do that, I don't think we would."
Lately I've been torn about the issue of players getting paid or not, but this seems a bit hypocritical. Staples points out the discrepancy between the Big Ten adding Maryland and Rutgers for no other reason than cable money, and then trying to claim it's really all about the athletes education, that's all.
It's worth noting, that Delany isn't alone on this either, he's just the biggest guy to speak about it. Per Staples:
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Texas athletic directors DeLoss Dodds and Chris Plonsky, Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch and a host of others also filed declarations.
I thought this was an interesting turn of events, even if it is just an empty bluff (does anybody really think UM or OSU would drop Football as a D1 sport?). Curious what people here think
Now that the Big 10 has finally sold out, it seems like we've reached the point where an NCAA football playoff is just about the next step in this soul-less progression toward maximizing profit. There's no point pretending that anyone with power cares about tradition. If the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry can be destroyed without even a second glance from the suits, fan input must mean nothing. And soon, the other suits will realize this: that it doesn't matter if fans and coaches like the bowl games despite the mass commercialization; they'll see the indescribable sums of money lying on the table, and a playoff will happen. So the day many of you have wished for seems just on the horizon.
As for me, the pain I feel from Delany's idiocy, his clear betrayal of the Big 10 and college football in general, is just enough to bring me over the edge; at this point, everything is already going to be different-- so bring on the playoff.
Edit: Marked OT
Per Dr. Saturday, we've been scooped! The Yankee Stadium bowl game will be a Big East vs Big 12 matchup. While I'm glad to see a bowl game taking place north of the 34th parallel, I have to say I'm pissed that the Big 10 isn't taking part. I'd much rather see the 4th/5th place team play in the Big Apple than in San Antonio. Also, somehow Notre Dame gets the Big 12's spot if no Big 12 team is eligible. Seriously, it's not bad enough that they already have special BCS privileges - now they get special access to lower bowls as well? WTF.