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|09-20-2011, 03:39 AM||#232 (permalink)|
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|09-20-2011, 04:08 AM||#233 (permalink)|
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|09-20-2011, 08:09 AM||#234 (permalink)|
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BGIFs point cannot be simply dismissed. The government does not have to see only one monopolizing entity to sense monopoly. The four conferences might want to claim that they are four sovereign entities, but if their practices in fact outlaw other potential genuine competitors for ancillary opportunities within reasonable business expectations, then in principle the matter could be considered monopolistic.
The issue of course would be would any school group of sufficient clout and argument want to pursue this. Notre Dame alone might not. If Texas is independent too, I would bet that this combination would not only pursue it but "win". An intermediate question would be whether some combination of ND w/o Texas but including Boise, TCU, BYU, etc had enough clout.
An entirely different issue, but not utterly thoughtless, is that if Notre Dame [and other independents or "lesser conferenced teams"] can maintain good schedules AND go undefeated, then the football public will be very unhappy with the freeze-out situation as creating NCs with "asterisks". Our current situation is at least in theory open to the possibility of "intruders" playing for the NC. I don't believe that we nor the speculated super-monopoly should blithely ignore the attitude of fans.
|09-20-2011, 08:18 AM||#235 (permalink)|
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Notre Dame to the ACC
Reports today on Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio, that ND might be interested in joining the ACC.
"The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven." -Knute Rockne
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