That would need to be balanced against the financial return on bringing in those schools. You don't want to dilute the conference payouts too much or it could make the league vulnerable to poaching from other conferences. The conference penalties for leaving may be somewhat of a deterrent, but Maryland just proved there is a right price to leave for a better financial future. I wonder if the more likely scenario is consolidation between some of the conferences to maximize power -- ex. SEC & ACC. Scary thought.
"You can turn the corner and be in a bad area quickly!" -- if you find yourself near Johns Hopkins at night, run do not walk back where you came from. I would stay at the Inner Harbor as well. Lots in walking distance and everything you need. Little Italy is between Inner Harbor and Fells Point if you like Italian.
Also, I always liked Annapolis too - Pussers Landing on the dock.
I remember seeing this same thread on Michigan forums years ago about their biggest rival being MSU. Then OSU hired Tressel and made the world right again.
Northwestern is already flirting with the idea of controlling the secondary market of ticket sales and trialed it for the Ohio State & Michigan games. They increased their revenue by hundreds of thousands according to the Tribune.
I've been looking forward to this for selfish reasons. Nice to have B1G football in MD area.
I remember the last time under Hal Mumme. Believe it was the the "music program" for Antonio Hall.