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  1. LMAO, I'm glad you don't run UNT's marketing department. Here is the case I would make to AAC Commissioner, Mike Aresco. UNT is a university on the rise. Just look at our expansion in DFW. We now have campuses in Denton, Frisco, Fort Worth, and Dallas. A Tier One research university with nearly 40,000 students makes us one of the nation's largest universities; which better positions us to survive economic downturns. (Fingers crossed) Our facilities are top-notch and both our football and basketball teams have had success in recent years. Sure, we're not where we want to be just yet, but our improvements can't be denied. I know SMU likes to drape Dallas on the front of their jersey and remind us we're not the prettiest girl at the dance, but truth is, we're the one's f*cking the prom king. https://www.unt.edu/notices/unt-dallas-cowboys-partner-offer-professional-mba-cowboys-way-official-notice-president. Being a strategic partner with the most valuable football franchise in the world is a clear win and advantage over other schools from C-USA, MWC, and Sun Belt. President Neil Smatresk understands the power of the halo effect and he's using it masterfully to our advantage. It's no secret the AAC is moving their headquarters to Dallas. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/05/20/college-athletic-conference-finalizes-plans-for-more-to-north-texas/ Do a quick Google Maps search and you'll see their new headquarters will literally be 3 minutes down the road from the current Big 12 headquarters. This is a brilliant power move by Mr. Aresco and the AAC. If I were him, I would take it a step further and drop Tulsa and add UNT in order to lock up the DFW Metroplex. Suck on that Big 12. Let's not forget that DFW is projected to lead the nation in population growth this coming decade. The battle for the DFW Metroplex is just getting started. https://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city-life/01-09-20-dfw-lead-population-growth-2020-2029-cushman-wakefield/ As AAC Commish, I would be cautious of raiding the MWC and enlarging the AAC travel footprint even further. The new landscape of college football is seeking to reduce travel costs, not add to them. This aggressive action could also open the door to the MWC gaining a strategic foothold in Texas by swooping up UTEP and UNT as replacements. Unintended consequences can be a bitch. My last point is rivalries matter and put cheeks in seats. The annual UNT vs SMU game only grows in importance if both schools reside in the same conference/division. Why not lean into the local rivalry and pour gasoline on the bonfire? Move the annual game to the end of the season, and it takes on a whole new level of intensity and local interest. Thanksgiving game, anyone?
  2. As long as we have sports, ESPN will definitely be around well into the future. In just one year, (Q1 2019 - Q1 2020) ESPN+ grew their monthly membership from 1.4M subscribers to 6.6M subscribers. To date ESPN+ has a subscriber count of 7.9M, and climbing. This rapid growth is not a sign of a struggling business model. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1054451/espn-plus-subscriber-us/ 7.9M subscribers x $4.99 monthly fee = $39.4M per month in revenue, which equates to $473M per year... and climbing. And this doesn't even factor in the millions of dollars of revenue generated from corporate TV advertising sales. Disney has wisely position ESPN+ to be the Netflix of sports entertainment and they are leading the pack by several miles. ESPN+ allows ESPN to go straight to the consumer and cut out the expensive cable company. That is a recipe for more profits, not less.
  3. UConn is paying the AAC an exit fee of $17M to leave for the Big East. https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/college/university-of-cincinnati/2019/07/26/opinion-why-did-aac-cave-uconn-exit-fee-negotiations-big-east-basketball-football-fbs-fcs/1840567001/
  4. I agree. IMO, this is the most plausible path for us to jump to the AAC. We need Tulsa to fold like a deck of cards so we can take their place.
  5. Follow the money. AAC has 11 years left on a lucrative 12 year TV deal with ESPN. Each school makes an average of $7M per year. Adding more schools to AAC would dilute each school's share of the pie. And from all reports, AAC is in no hurry to fill the vacancy left by UConn last year. If AAC wants to reduce travel costs, they can easily schedule games with eager schools in the C-USA and Sun Belt. C-USA and Sun Belt TV deals are laughable compared to AAC. The C-USA TV deal pays us a paltry $200K per year. I couldn't find the exact numbers for Sun Belt but it's in the same ballpark. This disparity is why writers aren't suggesting an AAC merger with either conference.
  6. More chatter on the subject coming from UL Lafayette: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theadvocate.com/acadiana/sports/ul_lafayette/article_17575f02-9c7a-11ea-9bda-33d894e3e2ea.amp.html
  7. “The University of Michigan won’t have a football season this fall unless all students are able to be back on campus for classes. And, according to President Mark Schlissel, that isn’t a sure thing.” “Dr. Schlissel’s measured approach strikes a different tone than the rosy predictions made by many of his peers, both within the Big Ten athletic conference and across the country at major research institutions.“ https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/university-of-michigan-president-takes-measured-approach-on-reopening-11590321600
  8. ESPN’s latest article on CFB and testing: https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/29194783/why-coronavirus-testing-key-return-college-football
  9. We should know more about the state of CUSA after this week. I can’t see the insurance companies agreeing to pay claims for unplayed “buy” games across the entire NCAA. I have a feeling CUSA and Sunbelt are going to be in a world of hurt. https://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/conference-usa-spring-meetings-taking-place-virtually-this-week/article_c786f078-a71d-5d7f-91cc-74cf929e8525.html
  10. I actually set up this conference in NCAA Football ‘14 on PS3 and it’s been a blast to play. I call it the BigTex conference. 😂
  11. Sports Illustrated article hot off the press: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.si.com/.amp/college/2020/05/14/college-football-2020-season-ncaa-future
  12. Exactly. Well said. I’m going to trust the scientists, doctors, and experts during this pandemic before I ever trust the politicians.
  13. This is a false equivalency. We're dealing with a once in a century pandemic, with a novel virus, which we have no vaccine for.
  14. Cramming tens of thousands of people together, in an enclosed arena, during a pandemic is a bad idea. To do it repeatedly is an even worse idea. Every game potentially becomes a virus hotspot with thousands of a super spreaders taking COVID home to their families on a nightly basis. I can't see the NBA willing to that risk with their players, fans, & brand.
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