Originally Posted by Mutaman
1. Syracuse does not add the same New York fan base as Rutgers. Folks in the metro area don't even realize that Syracuse has a football team. Actually no fan base for either.
2. I agree with your statement that the Big 12 made a "panic move" but I think this was a panic move by the Big 10 as well. I think the Big 10 freaked when they didn't get Notre Dame.
3. Admittedly I'm not too expert about how this Cable $ works, but I find it hard to believe that the extra revenue generated by Rutgers and Maryland (Rutgers?) will justify all the negatives resulting to the Big 10 by these additions. Bear in mind the NY market is fractured in cable carriers and they are tough negotiators. The consumer will not pay more to get the Big 10 network. There is simply not much of a fan base to drive revenue. Granted it's more more money but hardly a bonanza.
(Rutgers getting basted by Pitt as we speak. Imagine what will happen when they travel to Columbus or Madison).
Syracuse is a basketball pickup only. Then again, if they add Louisville, Cincy, and UConn you could say the same thing. Syracuse basketball > Rutgers basketball. It's the only logical thing the ACC is doing.
The problem is that ultimately the football schools will be driven off, namely Florida State and maybe Virginia Tech (although UVA will probably have a say in that). If the SEC looks to expand, I wouldn't mind seeing NC State as a possibility. Rabid fanbase that is basically the redheaded stepchild of Tobacco Road but would add a solid media market and football program. If anything, it would be another Texas A&M.