Yote 53

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  1. You know, if you are going to successfully pitch something you need to brand it. By branding it you make it real and it gives it traction. Our hypothetical western conference needs a name. A great name. Can't be: WAC - Western Athletic Conference Western Conference - Old Big Ten Great West Conference - Ugh! Bad memories. Defunct...maybe we could resurrect it. American West Conference - defunct Big West - Taken Can't have mountains because we don't have mountains over here. Can't be plains because our western mates have mountains. Hmmm...let me think...
  2. That proposed conference would be permanent. Nobody is leaving that setup.
  3. Oh yeah. I realize that.
  4. Every time you reference the Summit League you refer to it as the "Slummit". Doing so lessens your credibility, if you even have any. UND will soon be a part of the "Slummit" so I don't know why you disparage the conference. Also, confuses me why you refer to it as the "Slummit" when it has recently been a superior conference to the Big Sky and will be a jump up, and difficult transition for UND, just like the MVFC conference will be.
  5. In a couple of years when the MVC is a solid one bid league, the Shocker basketball credits run out, and that bisects with the P5/FBS split I predict there will be some upheaval for the Valley and the Summit. Honestly, the Summit is going to be in the driver seat when that happens because that is where the more powerful football programs in the MVFC reside. It will be schools like UNI having to make a decision to move to that second level of football with us or hanging around the Tier 3 level with Indiana State and the Valley East programs. Who knows, maybe some BSC schools like the Montanas become a player in this saga. The Dakotas need to stick together. There will be a time for us to make our move. We are stronger together than we are apart.
  6. You sure about that? The other Dakota schools might hold a little resentment.
  7. Get rid of the names of the conferences. When you look at each of them and where UND fits in it could go either way. UND has a long history with schools in both conferences. As far as the most deeply heated rivalries, that would go to Minnesota and Wisconsin. So if the money lines up and the deal looks good you go to the BIG. Unfortunately, UND moving to the BIG would not be good for the whole of college hockey. More instability.
  8. At Iowa or Nebraska? Probably somewhere between OSU and PSU attendance-wise would be my guess. So not that bad, and better than most in college hockey.
  9. Hence, sweeten the pot.
  10. I would agree. USD has pulled the conference rabbit out of that hat before, as you all know.
  11. The school only gets the $3-4 million grant from the league office if they start a hockey team, and the funds are a direct grant and can be used for no other purpose. If a school doesn't start up a team they don't receive a grant, so don't see how they could spend it on other things. Actually, I believe this idea has already been floated by the league and the number was $2 million of seed money to start a program.
  12. Ehh. A huge chunk of that money was used to build a new arena for PSU hockey. Nebraska has Pinnacle Bank Arena. Iowa has a potential arena in Coralville. Northwestern has access to several arenas in the Chicagoland area they could rent. The arena is the biggest hurdle to fielding a team. $3-4 million dollars per year would go along way to fund the program initially until donations can be built up or maybe even the program becomes a big enough revenue generator to self-fund.
  13. And, with that statement, wouldn't it also be reasonable to say that any money the BIG gets is going to stay inside the BIG to be spent on existing sports and facility upgrades rather than shipping it up to UND? The BIG could easily set up a program that incentivizes member schools to start a hockey program by offering them $3-4 million per year for the first 10 years or so to get them off the ground and make the startup costs more bearable. It could come in the form of a direct grant from the league office for the specified purpose of men's ice hockey. This money would come from the pool of money that is retained for BIG conference administration. You know, not all the money is distributed to the member schools, league office retains some of it for administration.
  14. Everything that has been said about NDSU to the Valley also applies to USD, and USD is in a more reasonable position on the MVC map. Two airports (Sioux City and Sioux Falls) within 45 minutes. A better basketball tradition and a brand new arena. USD could leave the Summit and the tournament would still be in Sioux Falls. SDSU fans are the ones who make that tournament, just ask them. USD could also deliver that FSN contract just as hypothetically as NDSU (and probably has just as far fetched of a chance). Reality is none of the Dakota schools are going to be invited.
  15. For the BIG it is better to buy than to rent. In the LONG TERM, they would be better off keeping that $4mill/year that they would send off to Grand Forks in-house and using it as seed money for Husker/Hawkeye/Illini/Wildcat hockey programs. A $4 million dollar/year commitment over ten years could do that. Build the programs from within the BIG membership and grow those revenues from within. Get one or two PSU's out of that bunch and it would be jackpot. Having UND as an affiliate is a rental situation. Minnesota and Wisconsin never move their programs forward. It ends up being a break-up where they see and pine for the old girlfriend every day. For Minnesota it's not just UND, it's SCSU, UMD, MSU-M that are also issues. There is a segment of the Minnesota hockey population that will never get over not being in the same conference as their in-state rivals. Even with the superiority complex they have over them, which is odd.