- Mar 26, 2012
I'll take up the mantle!
Besides conclusory statements, what makes them a high-major? In the last 6 years, the AAC had 19 bids, the A10 has had 20. The AAC has had 1 Sweet Sixteen run, the A10 has had 1 Elite 8.
In terms of media deals (and going off memory, so please correct my #'s if wrong), it's hard to tell since the AAC has football; however, they're contract is new and comes out to an average of 7 Mil per year while we're in what I think is our last year of a deal that pays about 400k per school. If BBall counts for 20% of their contract, then its 1.4 v. 400k. While significant, they're still 2.6 Mill behind the Big East, whose contract is also quite old. I would give the AAC a slight edge here, but not enough to make them high-major versus the A10.
What other metrics should be considered?
For me, I just look at the teams in the aac and say, I'd rather see them on our schedule. A10 beats the piss out of the caa but overall, it's lost strength since we joined. Aac added wichita state and a10 added george mason. That's the sort of difference that to me makes it the clear better conference as things sit now.