boston_jeff wrote:A. ND isn't interested.
B. Do you really think that adding a Big 10 playoff after conference play will end up losing money in the long run?
Sure, none of the 4 schools discussed bring the financial clout that ND does, but you have to start somewhere.
I have no idea how the conference would fare financially, but Mandel, if his figures are correct, makes a compelling argument that it may amount to subtraction by addition. As bad as the Big Ten has been perceived to be over the last decade, they're still the most successful conference in gaining a second BCS bid. This would often be much harder to attain if one of the leagues Top 2 teams was guaranteed a loss in the Big Ten Championship.
I'm not a huge fan of all this realignment of conferences. Did you support BC's move to the ACC?