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It doesnt matter if PSU has zero fans that will watch the BTN...But, just by having us in the BT footprint and the BTN's agreement with cable/satelite companies that they must charge say $1.10/month instead of if their was no team within the BT footprint they could charge subscribers $0.30/month. So if PSU was not in the BT and they brought in Pitt only, then they'd only really get the Pitt market area subscription rate jump, whereas PSU brings in the entire state.
Its more about subscription/boxes, not how many fans will be bringing in viewership (which they still make a shit ton from sponsporships and ads if they do bring in bigger ratings).
This post was edited by tmaluchnik 19 months ago
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Honestly, PSU would be close to near impossible to get rid of and replace. Rutgers would not cover the Philly Market and neither would UMD. Only PSU would cover that market unless they accepted someone like Temple into the BTN then that would weak even though they have zero fans, it would mean the BTN now has rights to charge subscribers in that area $1.10/month instead of $0.30/month (not actual numbers)
The amount of misinformation in this thread is laughable. The BTN doesn't get as much money to broadcast in the Philly market right now as it does in the rest of the state.
PSU was never going anywhere. Texas isn't going anywhere. Rutgers and Md coming to the B1G is huge for PSU.
Think about this old quote: "The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts."
It very much describes the situation in regards to what Penn State brings to the Big Ten. Remove Penn State from the equation, and the Big Ten is left with a footprint of states with declining populations in a section of the country with only one of the top ten television markets in the country. Penn State brings the 23rd biggest media market in Pittsburgh and the 4th biggest media market in Philadelphia. And, even with the additions of Rutgers and Maryland, the conference needs Penn State and it's East coast presence to legitimize the #1 television market (New York) and the #9 television market (Washington DC)/#26 television market (Baltimore).
ok, but you take the Philly market away (by PSU moving out of the conference), who do you replace them with that covers "the rest of the state?" Pitt isnt bringing in the rest of the state outside Philly.
Yeah, combined the rest of the state might bring in more money to the BTN as its a larger area so maybe they have lots more cable boxes. But you take away the Philly market by losing PSU, you would need to add Pitt for the western part of the state and a school Temple for the Philly market. I dont know how the middle of the state would work with the BTN's right with the cable/satellite providers.
Either way you look at it, the BT could have 1 school such as PSU that covers most, if not the entire state, or you could slice the pie 2 more times by adding terrible Pitt and Temple. Plus, outside of cable boxes, with PSU you would get better ratings which would result in additional revenue through ads.
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