While preparing the links last night, I asked my wife a simple question, "What could you buy for $80 Million?" She kind of looked at me with this slight annoyance in her face (mostly because she was actually doing something important and I asked a really dumb question) and answered, "you could buy a lot of stuff." Well, fair enough, you could buy a lot of stuff. For example, with $80 Million, you could buy 173 bottles of the Most Expensive Scotch Whisky at auction, the Cire Perdue. Of course, that is the only bottle that can claim the $460,000 price tag, but this is kind of getting a handle on the ridiculous nature of that number and how much you'd have left over. While we are all acting like Northwestern grads, with $80 Million, you could purchase 10 Maybach Exeleros (apparently the most expensive car in the world... this might be a good time that I just took the first google entry after typing, "Most expensive ____ in the world") , 7 Patek Philippe Super Complication Watches, a submersible yacht, or the digital rights to the Rose Bowl.
Ed Note: Don't forget to check out Part I of Ted's Non-Con Breakdown: Four and Out
There it is! The actual point of this little exercise in exorbitant spending is that details are emerging in the latest ESPN Rose Bowl deal with the numbers of the new longterm deal reaching $80 Million per year. While most of you are just yawning thinking that's chump change in bowl numbers, let me just stop you there. According to the Sports Business Daily, the deal is a cool $50 Million increase from the current digital rights deal and will secure funding and profits for the parties involved. Why did Delany care about the Rose Bowl? Was it just the Granddaddy of them all? Was it the picturesque landscape and historic stadium? No, it was the dollar signs.
Let's have Michael Smith and John Ourand tell it exactly how this will work (from the same Sports Business Daily article):
The Rose, Orange and Champions are considered "contract bowls" because they have contracts with conference partners and those big five conferences are protecting their revenue from those games.
By doing separate TV deals for those three bowls, the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC guarantee that a significant portion of TV revenue will flow directly into their coffers and won't have to be shared with the other conferences.
Yikes! So basically the rich get richer while the other conferences wonder what just happened. Note, the Big East is getting jobbed here as the second-tier bowl conference it is. I don't have much more to add here because that's just a huge sum of money. With estimates for playoff revenue being absolutely insane, it's starting to be pretty clear how this all works. Glad we're in the good conference. Like always, it's all about the Benjamins.
Links after the jump.
- This is what happens when an Illinois fan is pushed into the corner to defend his/her choice in teams.
- Apparently, there is a theme going. Here is Dienhart's 10 reasons for Illinois fans to be excited for 2012.
- Lake The Posts previews Indiana football.
- Dienhart talks with Indiana DC Doug Mallory.
- So apparently an online poll in the Cedar Rapids Gazette picked Nebraska asthe game that is most anticipated next year for Hawkeye fans. I kind of doubt that.
- Even walk-on players cannot escape the wrath of AIRBHG... or at least the temptation to do something stupid.
- Michigan would like to devote more space, time, and energy to... praising Michigan.
- What is the over/under on True Freshman playing for the Wolverines this year? Apparently 6.5, which might be problematic if 6.5 actually play and the bet is a push.
- GopherSports sits down with incoming freshman KJ Maye.
- Taylor Martinez, high school quarterback coach? Well, maybe the papers in Louisiana are confused.
- Hey Mike, a Nebraska article NOT about the 90s... Also, Suh is awesome.
- Here is a video of Under Armour talking Northwestern uniform design.
- Land Grant Holy Land talks Terelle Pryor and the Heisman that never happened.
- A Cal blogger lists Ohio State as the big win for the next year. The other forty-nine writers on the site disagree. Seriously, how many people were talking in this piece. I'm really confused.
- Chad dropped this link in a thread yesterday but it's worth a mention here. One of the bylaw blogs goes deeper into possible NCAA intervention models. I like this one a lot.
- Black Shoe Diaries breaks out the 1980's Nittany Mountain.
- Zac Ellis at Sports Illustrated talks about the veteran Boilermakers and a division up for grabs.
- MnB previews Wisconsin and says the title runs through Camp Randall.
- This is probably more Penn State-centric, but it's more news at this point. Anyhow, James Carville says suspending Penn State Football is a dumb idea.
- ESPN ranks the QB's in the Big Ten. Taylor Martinez is fourth everyone... We really need some upgrades at this position.
- The Omaha World Herald ranks the Big Ten Non-Con slate.
Look, it's a water bottle running. Why not? Enjoy your Tuesday