"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|1 year 21 weeks ago||I still regret not putting an||
I still regret not putting an in-game bet on Man City to win that game in stoppage.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||GoBlueRandy, I wish it were||
GoBlueRandy, I wish it were just that. I'd be ok with that and could handle it. I work in an office in Newcastle and the majority of my colleagues are NUFC supporters (obviously) but there are Chelsea, ManU, Arsenal, etc. supporters too. Every single one is rooting for Man City. That sort of distain can't be just because Liverpool supporters are proud of their heritage.
I wish that there was more parity in top flight football, as it's not competitive beyond the top 5-6 teams, which is a shame.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I work with a Liverpool||
I work with a Liverpool supporter and I can think of nothing worse than having to listen to him talk about the greatness of Liverpool for the next 4 months! Liverpool supporters act like they invented the game and know everything. It's quite annoying. Like some terrible combination of a smug Yankee fan and the self-pity of a Red Sox fan.
I have no special desire to see Man City win it and would prefer they didn't, but they are the lesser of two evils (IMHO).
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I read on an Arizona site||
I read on an Arizona site that Zimmerman trimmed his list and Michigan wasn't in the teams that made the cut.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Definitely London. I would||
Definitely London. I would actually be able to attend a game.
Besides, nothing screams Midwest like Big Ben and the River Thames.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||The Other Brian and Big||
The Other Brian and Big Bourtros are two I miss.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Ted Ginn.||
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I think that at the end of||
I think that at the end of the day, we won't be able to judge these decisions for another 5-6 years. By then we'll know who the 15th and 16th teams are (ugh, shoot me!) and what the 2017 tier one tv rights contract looks like, plus how much growth there has been in the BTN.
I don't like the super conference idea, but it looks like it's going to happen. Sad times.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Correct. Nebraska announced||
Correct. Nebraska announced their move June 2010 and lost their membership May 2011.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||This isn't 1956 anymore.||
This isn't 1956 anymore. Programs recruit nationally, especially elite programs like Michigan and OSU.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Carriage fees are also a big||
Carriage fees are also a big issue here. While the BTN gets only 5 cents for an out of footprint subscriber, the hope is that with the additions and the push for basic cable inclusion that the carriage fees will go to in footprint prices (35 cents) and higher.
If it's one thing I trust, I trust FOX News Corp. to make money because they love money as Brodie said.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I read somewhere that only||
I read somewhere that only 11% of the NYC Metro area population are passionate college football fans, but that also equates to 1.8 million people, which apparently makes it the second largest concentration of college football fans in the country.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||My preferred additions for||
My preferred additions for #15 & #16 would be UVa and UNC, also. However, both have political problems attached (VT and NCState, respectively), unless those two schools found a happy home in the SEC...
|2 years 46 weeks ago||UNLV and BYU do not in any||
UNLV and BYU do not in any way fit the PAC12 profile. Eight members of the conference are also AAU members, you won't find UNLV or Boise State in the AAU any time soon. In order for the PAC12 to become the PAC16 it will have to add BigXII teams.
As for ACC members FSU, Miami, and Clemson moving to the BigXII soon, the financial incentive isn't there right now. The TV rights package the ACC just negotiated comes to about $17.5-18 million per school, the BigXII contract (with the third tier rights not included, something FSU fans have been bitching about) would pay maybe $21 million a year. That's a lot of money, yes, but not the windfall Maryland just landed by going from $18 million a year to anywhere between $30-45 million a year in the B1G over the next 10 years.
ESPN is another story, the ACC provides a ton of content for the WWL and you can bet it will try to keep the conference together the way it helped the BigXII out a few years back, but not at the expense of their own revenue stream.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Personally, I think the time||
Personally, I think the time difference would be a bigger issue than the flight times involved.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Just need some popcorn...||
Well, it seems things are getting interesting for the Big East, again. Now I just need some popcorn...
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Don't be silly, Oxford or||
Don't be silly, Oxford or Cambridge on their own will never get you the London market. You'd have to get two of three from a list of University College London, King's College, and Imperial in addition to Oxbridge.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||He's no DeLoss Dodds, that's||
He's no DeLoss Dodds, that's for sure.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Do you think we can get||
Do you think we can get Marcus Vick to request a trade for us out of the B1G on Twitter?
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I'm not saying they are more||
I'm not saying they are more valuable, just that their inclusion creates a critical mass for getting BTN on basic cable and not a sports tier in the DC/NJ/NYC area.
News Corp. is purchasing a 49% stake in the YES Network.
News Corp. also has a 49% stake in the BTN.
YES reaches 12 million homes in the NYC metro area with a subscriber fee of $3 a month for revenue last year of $405 million (excluding advertising). FOX and their partners can now turn around and demand that the BTN be placed on basic cable in NYC or else you don't get the YES Network. This also creates added content for the BTN and the advertising fees that go with it. Selling advertising for an Illinois vs Maryland game will get you more money than a Big Ten soccer game.
Rutgers and Maryland are two more mouths to feed, but do you really think that the conference is going to add two new members on a whim? They must be pretty sure that the addition of these two schools will result in a fair amount of extra revenue. Besides, they willalmost certainly have to buy into the BTN the same way NU is currently doing, and thus won't get a full share until year 6 of their membership.
I'm not happy about the addition to these two to the conference, but I see the reason behind it from a revenue stand point if all goes to plan.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||You don't need one more||
You don't need one more Maryland or Rutgers fan to demand the BTN in order to make money. It's all about the carriage fees that it gets for being on basic cable. You can bet the conference and its partner News Corp. will be pushing hard to get the BTN on basic cable in MD, NJ, and NYC now and most likely succeeding. This doesn't take into account the new First Tier rights which are due to expire 2017.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Lincoln to College Park is||
Lincoln to College Park is going to be a long bus ride for the non-revenue sports.
Think about the children!
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Money.||
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Damn your logic!||
Damn your logic!
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I believe that Fox and the||
I believe that Fox and the Big Ten will try to use the YES Network as a way to get the BTN on to basic cable in NJ and NYC. With Fox having a large stake in both networks, it only makes sense that they'll tell Comcast/Cablevision/Etc.: you don't get YES without the BTN being on basic.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Nothing about this is good. I||
Nothing about this is good. I have yet to see anyone make a rational argument as to what the Big Ten gets out of this as a conference, other than more money and a lacrosse league.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||100% agreed. This had nothing||
100% agreed. This had nothing to do with the PAC trying to get to 12 for a championship game. The Big XII's unequal revenue sharing scheme and the 500lb gorilla of that conference, Texas, deserve a lot of the blame for all this.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||This just feels like change||
This just feels like change for the sake of change... and obviously a way to increase BTN subscription by forcing it on to basic cable in the Mid-Atlantic / NYC area / Northeast. With News Corp. looking to buy the Yes Network and being partners in the BTN, they can demand that NYC cable companies add the BTN to their basic package or risk losing out on YES.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I am actually Tacopants.||
I am actually Tacopants.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Autzen||
Agreed. I've never heard Michigan Stadium get as loud as Autzen does, much less for 3 hours straight. That said, 120 is still a damn good number.