money drives this. if the money is there, they will add teams. scheduling is a headache they are willing to deal with. if it came down to it, they would use scheduling pods to keep rivalries together. even if the league had to have 2 divisions EACH YEAR, those divisions could vary from year to year. point is, they would make it work if the money is there...
But is it really more money per team? CBS isn't making much increase to its contract with the SEC with the aTm/Mizzou addition, because nt compelling games were added that CBS wants to show. All that was added was a bunch of ESPN2/ESPNU filler that will be labelled SEWC football, but won't be the prime SEC matchups that drive TV revenue. Same thing will happen with an SEC expansion to add VT/NCSU. CBS will still focus on the traditional SEC powers - Bama, TENN, UGA, Auburn, LSU, FLA. VT or NCSU will only show up on CBS by playing one of these teams. VT nor NCSU nor Mizzou nor aTm can carry a CBS broadcast by themselves - there simply isn't the national interest in these programs.
From what I hear, you couldn't hit water if you fell out of a boat.
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