To me, Jim Delaney's moves have been calculating and very interesting. I believe his shrewd business moves will eventually force Notre Dame to join the B1G - and, even if they don't join - the B1G is already becoming a better conference.
I don't know if anyone mentioned this during the time when Maryland and Rutgers were announced as new conference members, but I apologize if this was already mentioned.
After reading "Buckeyeneer" 's post ( http://www.elevenwarriors.com/forum/football/2012/12/sicom-notre-dame-weighing-options-after-big-east-fallout) about Notre Dame, (and the SI article), I think Delaney knows exactly what he's doing. By picking out an ACC and Big East school, it further weakens both of those conferences. Although the ACC added Louisville, which is a good move, the Big East is now all but done as a basketball conference. And, at the same time, it's a great financial move for the B1G - opening up new television market$. Notre Dame is scheduled to join the ACC for basketball in the future, but it may just make more sense for ND to join the B1G - especially if the B1G adds more ACC schools, (rumored that UNC, Virginia, Georgia Tech, and even FSU are BIG targets). The B1G is down in football right now, but I think it will always be a stronger option than the ACC in football. Couple that with the fact that B1G basketball is the best conference in the nation. I think Delaney is playing his cards wisely here. IF the B1G plucks another school or two from the ACC...I predict Notre Dame will follow.
For the record, I am not a Notre Dame fan, but I do think they'd be a solid addition to the B1G. At first, I wasn't a fan of Delaney. I wasn't too excited with the Maryland & Rugters addition, and I didn't like the overmarketing of "Leaders" & "Legends" divisions, but I think the B1G will eventually change those names. Delaney is starting to grow on me. I think he knows exactly what he's doing; regardless if Notre Dame joins or not - the B1G will be a stronger conference.