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MWC/CUSA Merger Press Release

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Look at this press release! LOL!!

This crap was just thrown together at the last second as a PR move. If Hair was worth a damn thing he would have come up with something better than this. There isn't even a hint of a more lucrative TV deal.. Hell, the new "alliance" will probably just share the Mtn or something...

Slow clap for Craig Thompson!!!

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http://www.themwc.co.../101411aah.html

Mountain West and Conference USA Announce Football Association

Landmark Plan Will Give Members Stability, Exposure and Access

Oct. 14, 2011

IRVING, Texas/COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - mwcusa.jpgThe Mountain West Conference and Conference USA have unanimously come to an agreement in principle to consolidate their member football programs into one large association.

Commissioners of the two leagues formulated this creative and innovative plan with the support of the presidents, chancellors and athletics directors. The 12 members of Conference USA and 10 football-playing members of the Mountain West will join forces for this strategic landmark in college football.

"The role of a conference is to provide its members with the best possible environment in which to conduct their intercollegiate athletics programs," said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. "Rather than await changes in membership due to realignment, it became clear the best way to serve our institutions was to pursue an original concept. The Mountain West and C-USA share a number of similarities, and the creative merger of our football assets firmly positions our respective members for the future."

"The potential of this association is very exciting," Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. "By taking an innovative approach, we feel we can offer tremendous opportunities for exposure and stability without breaking up the regional rivalries that truly make up the college football tradition."

UNLV President and Mountain West Board of Directors Chair Neal Smatresk said, "In an era of uncertainty in intercollegiate athletics, this collaborative partnership with C-USA lends stability and credibility to our collective football enterprise. We are excited about the prospect of having teams in five time zones and the many possibilities created by this extremely bold and proactive step."

Conference USA Board of Directors Chair and Tulane president Scott Cowen said, "We are very pleased to be moving forward with the Mountain West Conference on this high potential, unique partnership. Together, we will better position our conferences and member universities for the future with its appeal and its reach across the United States."

The current 22 members are located in 16 different states, offering a prospective 16-hour window for competition. Conference USA has existing television partnerships with Fox Sports and CBS Sports, as well as ESPN for its championship game. The Mountain West has partnerships with CBS Sports and Comcast/NBC Universal.

The two conferences will merge into a separate football-only entity without affecting their status within the NCAA structure.

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It's pretty sad that this was looked on as the worst idea in the world for the MWC a month ago, and now it's the best idea we have for at least partially relevant survival.

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Honestly, this is all the MWC can do to improve their status. Getting a CUSA team to come over isn't going to happen, and you know the Hair tried that first. Nobody from the WAC really adds anything, this is the best option.

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Gotta think that if Hair had been more proactive the MWC wouldn't have ended up with this...

Just last week you couldn't find a single person on this board supporting this merger. Maybe those crazy and outlandish invites to Houston and SMU when the BE Presidents were all squabbling and fighting wouldn't have been so worthless after all...

He should have stepped up to the plate before he was forced to show his hand. It's not like this merger opportunity was going away any time soon...

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Gotta think that if Hair had been more proactive the MWC wouldn't have ended up with this...

Just last week you couldn't find a single person on this board supporting this merger. Maybe those crazy and outlandish invites to Houston and SMU when the BE Presidents were all squabbling and fighting wouldn't have been so worthless after all...

He should have stepped up to the plate before he was forced to show his hand. It's not like this merger opportunity was going away any time soon...

Hindsight is 20/20.

Nobody thought Boise and AFA might be leaving last week either. It doesn't leave a ton leftover.

The merger makes sense with that consideration.

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Why does the merger make sense? I have been scouring the net to find out how much more money the schools in either league will make? I hope that gets answered at the press conference.

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Why would the money change? It's just a championship game, it sounds like.

A title game that will maybe draw 20-40K depending on the schools and not generate a meaningfull result

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I know, but what are you going to do, divide it by 22? I mean that will get me and you a value meal at McDonalds.

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