In todays world, there is absolutely no question the BTN is better, and it not even close. If TV ever goes the direction of a la carte, then we can have this debate, but even then, the BTN is still in a very decent position, IMO.
I agree that the BTN is in a better position now, but I think it'll have a lot of problems if we move to an ala cart option. They just added two teams (Rutgers and Maryland) that in a ala cart world don't contribute money but only take it since no one in DC or NYC cares about Rutgers or Maryland. Also, I think Ohio State and Michigan will ask why Iowa should get the same amount of money as them. I think the big 12 system would be better for that because there is some discrepancy, but not a lot.
cyclones.tv will undoubtedly be a better product for ISU fans than the big 10 network is for Iowa fans when just watching the channel since it is all ISU all the time, but the huge pile of money would be better for the program right now.
"He is the toughest I have ever been around, physically and mentally," Burnham said. "You can beat him down but you’re not going to beat him out. He’s got the mindset of, ‘If you’re going to get me out of this game, you’re going to have to kill me.’ That’s about where he is."
-Wally Burnham on Jake Knott
I don't think it's really a fair comparison. If you are comparing BTN, then you have to compare it against the Big12 TV contract + Cyclones.tv In that scenario, I think it kills BTN, because the national money is there and the third tier rights are gravy. From a publicity standpoint, ISU also wins since Iowa will be sharing exposure with other conference teams in Iowa while ISU still gets their game televised if the conference doesn't pick it up. If you are looking for a game to watch, I think more Iowans would watch ISU vs anyone over Maryland vs Rutgers or Indiana
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