Th ESPN Expansion Conspiracy

Throughout the day yesterday the fine folks in Bristol, CT repeatedly reported that TAMU to the SEC was all but a done deal.  They also reported, ad nauseam, that Florida State, Clemson, and Missouri were also likely to join.  This later report flies in the face of specific denials from all three schools, and both of the targeted conferences.

I’d like to drop a little conspiracy theory on you this morning:

ESPN is trying to put its thumb on the scales of realignment.  They are either trying to:

a.  Jam the SEC with three member schools that will not increase the conferences media footprint, or

b.  Spook Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina into voting TAMU’s membership down by beating the CTU and FSU drum

Why would the network be motivated to do either of the above, you ask?

It’s all about the benjamins.  Expansion will cause the network to rework its billion dollar television contract with the SEC.  No expansion, or an anemic one, will save the network hundreds of millions of dollars.

Of course, I could be wrong.  I also think there are little green men in my toothpaste that are attacking my central nervous system, so . . .