by Larry LeoJuly 10, 2020
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It's looking like the Power 5 conferences are heading towards an all-conference game season, which would leave Notre Dame stuck in the cold with their pot of gold. The ACC said they would welcome them to play, seeing as they already have a few ACC games on their schedule this year. Sports Illustrated writer Chris Dukes makes this argument for the Fighting Irish joining the BIG 12...
quote:BIG 12 or ACC? Or should they be forced to sit it out the season because they've been conference snobs?
The Big 12 should offer temporary membership to both Notre Dame and BYU. As independents, both programs are even more affected by a potential conference-only football season. They would offer two more quality opponents (and in the case of Notre Dame at least a couple of games of mammoth national interest) to each team's schedule.
Imagine a Big 12 Championship game between Texas and Notre Dame. Or the Longhorns going into Provo to avenge the 41-7 drubbing that occurred at the hands of the Cougars back in 2014.
Of course, there is revenue to consider. The Big 12 has made it abundantly clear they don't want to split their pot of money more than 10 ways over the years. However, both Notre Dame and BYU would come in with their own broadcast TV deals. There could be a solution as simple as allowing the home team the broadcast rights for the games.
I am certainly no expert on the financial side of things, but it seems like some temporary bridges could be built to benefit all parties involved should college football head in this direction. After the year is over and we all hopefully make COVID-19 a distant memory everyone can go their separate ways. Then again, if it works, maybe it could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Filed Under: NCAA Football
Originally published on TigerDroppings.com
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