Superconferences: The Money Is The Motive

This weekend Syracuse and Pittsburgh became the newest contestants on "Let's Change A Conference". The Orange and the Panthers both filed their papers to leave the Big East and join the Atlantic Coastal Conference as early as next year. Seems like the ACC is the newest conference trying to get in on the "superconference" talk. Some may like all this talk, but for me, I detest it.

The idea of all these teams in one conference is sickening to me. Now don't get me wrong, its ok to add people to a conference. I'm not saying that's wrong. But what I'm saying is that when the amount of teams per conference gets to 16, then that's way too much. The traditional rivalries that we're used to seeing won't happen as much because of the large number of teams. It may make the conference stronger, but it will destroy tradition.

This fad of a superconference has taken over the talk of college football. But, let's be honest. This is all about money. Money is at the root of all of this. And money will be at the end of all this as well. I believe that super-conferences will happen. I'm not disputing that. But what I will say is that they will eventually dissolve as well.

Let's use Texas as an example. Texas is currently a member of the Big 12, but is flirting with becoming a member of the PAC-12 as the Big 12 disintegrates. Texas has its own network and has a boatload of money that its athletics department makes for the school. They could go independent, if the Big 12 disintegrates, and make all the money and keep it for themselves. But because of superconferences, it will be very hard for an independent to survive because of scheduling issues. The superconferences would have too many games to play against each other and no space for an independent. Texas would have to join a conference. In joining one of the supposed superconferences, Texas would have to sacrifice some money. I'm sure whatever conference they join will assure them that it will be made up in another area, but after a few years, it does not happen. Then, due to the large size of the super-conferences, expect Texas to be the disgruntled member who stirs up trouble. Eventually, another member in the same superconference or another superconference becomes disgruntled and this feeling spreads. All it takes is ten teams to feel disgruntled. Those ten teams could go and form their own conference and then the cycle of going back to regular conferences starts back again.

In my estimation, superconferences are just a fad that will fade eventually and then we will return to the same normalcy that we're used to.

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3 Responses

  1. Ken

    I fear the same thing from the soon to be Super conferences. I’m not sure it’s a good thing in the long run, travel, revenue, days missed at School due to travel, time Zones, and a list of other concerns. I understand and even agree with making a conference as strong as possible, but from within, bring the teams within your Conference up, not as easy as that, but Scheduling outside your conference with strong teams, and winning some of those games brings up the conference as a whole, without raiding teams from other conferences . There’s an upside and down side, a reaction for every action, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Time will tell as the college landscape changes.

  2. 7Boss1

    The sooner they get over this super conference crap the sooner we can get bac to traditional college football

  3. I’ve been thinking that the BCS completely changes and we have an NFL-type of conference style, where there are 8 divisions and the teams are divided that way. It’ll just be easier but I don’t think it’ll happen.

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