Mizzou Football Links
The Trib (Dave Matter): Steele releases preseason All-Big 12 team
- The Dagger: Charity game shows what Tobi Oyedeji meant to his community
- Daily Oklahoman: Basketball incident another rotten mess for Sooners
NCAA Softball Tourney Links
- MUtigers.com: Tigers Prepared for NCAA Regional
- The Missourian: Missouri goes into NCAA tournament without ace
- Post-Dispatch: Despite losing ace, MU softball team has high hopes
- The Trib: Grand vision for the future
MUtigers.com: Three Named to All-Midwest Region Team
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Closes Regular Season Against Texas
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou Baseball Quotes & Notes
- SI.com (Andy Staples): Big Ten can learn from failed 16-team WAC expansion experiment
Jay Paterno: 'No Free Lunch' in Big Ten Expansion
One thing is clear, this expansion process is being driven by two things: money and television. It is not about academics, it is not about making the conference more competitive, it is not about the welfare of the student-athletes. It is about money and television.
Every athletic department in the country faces the same problem. The cost of doing business continues to go up and up. Every university in the NCAA faces rising costs for tuition, salaries, health care for employees and athletes, travel...you get the picture.
That reality is helping to drive expansion. The Big Ten Network reaps a substantially higher cable rights fees in the “footprint” states where they broadcast. What that means is in the home states of the Big Ten schools (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa) the Big Ten Network gets a much higher fee than if it is on cable in non-Big Ten states.
Adding schools in new states adds more homes with higher rights fees and more money for the conference schools from The Big Ten Network. By expanding by three or even five teams all the schools collect bigger annual paychecks from the television deals.
- ESPN.com: Five lessons about Big Ten expansion study
- Post-Dispatch: Illini leaders discuss possible addition of Mizzou to Big Ten
The Trib: Delany adds to questions
The Trib: Big Ten commish: Get a grip
- Dallas Morning News: SEC commissioner: Texas schools and SEC share same goals and aspirations
- Maize 'N Brew: Big Ten Armespansion: Will the Big East Adapt or Die?
- Black Shoe Diaries: Big XII Rev Share Will Not Ruin Your Marriage Unless You Want It To
Nothing to do with nothing, but this is a fun look back. In the NBA more than any other pro sport, it seems like some classes are unbelievably loaded and others are almost completely devoid of hall-of-fame potential talent. Meanwhile, Steve Walentik talks lottery, and ... I can't believe I'm not only sharing a LeBron link, but a LeBron-and-Bissinger link, but this is quite simply one of my favorite things that old dorm mate Kelly Dwyer has ever written. He absolutely nails a sentiment I've been wanting to share for a long time, so now I don't have to worry about nailing it. Thanks, KD!