The lull of a college football off-season is filled with coaching changes, recruiting rumors and speculation of a new season still eight months away. I have occupied my imagination by trying to crack the code of conference realignment. Below are the assumptions, hunches and outright wild speculation that lead me to believe college football will soon become four Super Conferences.
First, allow me to establish the board as I see it.
The college athletic conference landscape is currently most influenced by television contracts. Television advertisement during live sporting events is the greatest money-maker for athletic departments and the television industry in general. The money earned from advertisements is dictated by the size of the audience. The more people watching the product the more money that product brings in. The more people subscribing to the channel that carries the program the more money the program earns. The most popular sports bring in the most money.
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