I recently read an interesting article by Chip Brown, the Scout/HornsDigest writer that covers the University of Texas. Brown is the same fellow that reported back in 2010 that the Longhorns, along with Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado were breaking away from the Big 12 and headed west to the PAC 12. In his post from July 7th, 2015, he feels that at some point in the next ten years (likely around 2024) the Power Five conferences may collectively negotiate a TV deal.
...let’s talk about what is likely to be the next big move in realignment:
The Power Five conferences – all 65 teams (if you include Notre Dame) - collectively bargaining one TV contract, instead of each negotiating a TV deal, sometime in the next 10 years. After discussions with several people connected to P5 schools, this scenario could become more plausible as we get closer to 2024.
That’s when the major TV contracts in the SEC and Pac-12 expire, and it’s a year before the TV deals of the Big 12, Notre Dame and the College Football Playoff expire. And three years before the ACC’s TV deal with ESPN expires.
Only the Big Ten, which has TV rights through 2016-17 that are about to be renegotiated, is on a vastly different timeline. But the Big Ten would be wise to include a “look-in window” giving the league an “out” option around 2024.
He later adds BYU to the deal and breaks down the new, regionally-aligned divisions as such (my own adjusted version follows below his):
While I disagreed with many of his choices for which teams would wind up in which divisions, I liked the idea as a whole. Read the article linked above to learn more of why he likes this concept.
I can see plenty of issues with it, though many new ideas have holes and there are no perfect solutions. I'm posting this here to open a discussion about its plausibility and to re-ignite the subject as a whole. It fascinates me, for some reason, and I'm happy to know I'm not the only one.