Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was momentarily thrilled and frightened by this Clay Travis post yesterday on the financial imperatives that will soon strike down Notre Dame’s independence:
In 2008, NBC ponied up an extension to the Fighting Irish television contract. USA Today reported that the current contract paid Notre Dame in the neighborhood of $9 million per year. … Why’s that number important? Because in 2008, every school in the Big Ten will clear north of $15 million from the conference, a number that will only increase in years to come. Every school in the SEC will bank, conservatively, $17 million.
Travis then adds in ND’s Big East take to get to $11 million, takes those numbers, adds two and two, and comes back to every Midwestern college football fan’s tantalizing, repulsive dream: Notre Dame joining the Big Ten and dropping the cash-filled nuclear bomb that would be a Big Ten Championship Game.