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Conference USA on the verge of collapse?

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On ‎4‎/‎9‎/‎2017 at 1:44 PM, #1Stunner said:

http://pilotonline.com/sports/college/old-dominion/football/it-s-inevitable-conference-usa-as-we-know-it-is/article_19e86f15-f21e-53f4-8868-505de84abcf2.html

FROM THE ARTICLE:

There are big changes coming to Conference USA and most of the rest of the Group of Five, as the mid-major Football Bowl Subdivision leagues are known, that many league officials are understandably hesitant to embrace.

But like it or not, more change is coming. When your expenses are rising and revenue is falling, simple economics demand that you become leaner and more efficient. And that’s the situation facing C-USA.

“Conference USA’s current financial model is unsustainable,” said an athletic director who asked not to be named.

I’m not picking on C-USA, which is a pretty good football league. The problem here isn’t on-the-field performance. It’s the bottom line.

C-USA’s TV revenue cratered from $1.1 million per school in 2015-16 to $200,000 this year. Costs have also risen, in part because the NCAA adopted new policies such as paying stipends to athletes for costs not covered in scholarships. Paying the so-called full cost of attendance has cost ODU $600,000 this year.

The elite Power 5 conferences, including the ACC and SEC, continue to be fat and happy. The ACC shared $26.2 million per school in TV and other revenue last season, and thus can afford the travel costs that come from a footprint extending from Miami to Syracuse.

The far-flung C-USA is another matter. The league’s 14 schools are scattered from the Texas-New Mexico border to the Atlantic Ocean, and the league has far fewer resources. Old Dominion received $3.4 million in TV, NCAA and C-USA revenue in 2015-16, and that number likely will drop by $1 million in the current fiscal year.

Anything that would help our student-athletes and is more responsive to budgetary concerns deserves a look,” he said.

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I love Texas and enjoyed the football team’s four trips to the Lone Star state the last three seasons. But it’s ludicrous for mid-major schools from Virginia and Texas to play in the same league.

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ODU spent $3.7 million on travel, nearly 10 percent of its $44 million athletic budget, in 2015-2016. Three years earlier, in ODU’s last season in the Colonial Athletic Association, travel cost $2.2 million.

 

 

(More in the full article.  They are basically try to see if the can make more compact, regional conferences, or divisions, to save money.....)

 

THE WESTERN M_C HAS THESE SAME ISSUES.

- TOO MANY TEAMS

- LOW REVENUE

- NO EXPOSURE

ARE YALL PAYING FULL COST OF ATTENDANCE?

THE FACEBOOK DEAL THAT THE M_C WENT "ALL IN" ON WITH CUSA IS A HARBINGER OF WHAT'S TO COME.

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I made the same observation in another thread. It has to be him. 

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Uh, no. Not a whiff of pro-BYU bias, encouragement for SDSU, CSU and occasionally others to go indy for football, etc. He may be equally dumb but he's definitely not Stunner.

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