Sunday, April 27, 2014

SEC scheduling format worthy of mention

The more time that moves on the more it is looking like life as a member of the American Athletic Conference could be a risky proposition for UConn.

Yesterday there were reports of an incredibly lucrative television contract being negotiated by the Big Ten with 12 of the 14 teams projected to make more than $40 million when the next television contract is signed. Today comes the Southeastern Conference's football scheduling mandate of each team needing at least one of the non-conference games against a team from one of the other Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12).

This will take place beginning in the 2016 season. Of course you would expect that a team from the SEC would have at least one game against a Power 5 conference team but it is another step towards teams from the American Athletic Conference being pushed further down the football food chain. 

It should be noted that UConn has home and home deals down the road with Virginia out of the ACC and Illinois out of the Big Ten and is in talks with Tennessee out of the SEC to find dates after the schools suspended a previously announced games between the teams.


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