I don’t know the financial comparisons of staying in NCHC vs Big, but outside the previously mentioned benefit of playing Michigan, Mich St, Wisky, Norte Dame, and Minnesota; let’s not forget PSU just dropped 102 million of private money into an arena and are ranked top 10.
Ohio State is planning a new ice complex specifically for the team (currently arena 17,500 is shared with BB); they made the frozen 4. Both of those schools have more money than God so improving is easy.
OSU recently made the decision to be good which means they are and will be. Wexner personally drops 225k when he wants the band to travel; the hockey coach asked for a $50,000 machine last yr and had it delivered days later. Players want to go there. Their attendance is now over 6,400 and growing. The point is the conference may have a lot more future potential than NCHC.
B10 network exposure is on 300+ cable providers, hulu, sling etc and network claims “availability” in 73,000,000 homes
i used to get some UND games on cable but now it’s 2-3 Big games on the DVR every weekend.
Despite the success of other NCHC teams, we are the crown jewel of the conference. We would be a short distance for Canadian players to get continent wide exposure.
Our house would be packed, theirs would be full, we would get national TV time, and recruiting would be much easier.