Could you imagine the uproar if Tom Brady didn't get to touch the ball in overtime if the Chiefs got the ball first and scored a touchdown?
Those two games yesterday were highly entertaining.
That's exactly what the NFL wants....it's all about entertainment. It's all about the ratings.
I think UNC and Georgia Tech are the two dominoes that will decide the B1G's future.
It's not a secret that the B1G has long desired markets in the South and GT gets them the Atlanta market. UNC opens up the North Carolina market. But UNC probably wants a few other schools to come with them, including Duke. Virginia has been rumored to the B1G.
Getting Kansas into the B1G might create a basketball TV market that UNC can't receive from the ACC if they were to join.
I am not sure if ESPN is going to be in position to do that. One, Fox has been positioning themselves for years to get majority control of the B1G through the B1G Championship Game, increased stake in the B1G Network, and increasing the number of games they broadcast, including The Game.
Second, ESPN may not be in financial position to outbid Fox for the B1G rights. They have too much money sunk in the SEC and they lack the investment capital for the expected to be required for the B1G.
Third, conference expansion is going to come up again between now and the next 2 or so years. That is also going to drive the price up. Schools like Georgia Tech, Virginia, Duke, UNC, Kansas and even Oklahoma (probably a long shot) are all going to be linked, rumored, or considered for the B1G.
If anything, a weaker ESPN that does not put together a strong big undercuts competition and weakens the B1G's earning potential.