Delany also said there would still be “reasonable access” to championship opportunities for the Big Ten in a plus-one format even if the odds would seem to be better with a playoff.
“When you’re working with groups of people, sometimes, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” Delany said. “That’s what compromise is about. And you try to avoid demands. I would say one of the reasons we have a chance to come together is not everybody is trying to get their cake and eat it, too.”
NOTES: Delany said he’s no fan of mega conferences. Asked if he envisions a day where teams from four super conferences compete for a shot at the national championship, Delany he said, “I don’t see that.” He added: “I think what you’ll see is some conferences grow. Some stay where they are. … We had one 16-team conference _ it was the WAC. It didn’t stand very long. We had another conference that went to 12 members and then had to add two to get back to 10. We’ve seen the Big East morph in a variety of ways. I think one of the most underrated qualities about any conference is its stability and the glue that holds it together.” He said conferences that expand too much run into “possible dilution issues.” … Delany said it’s not clear how much extra money would be generated by a playoff and probably won’t be until after system is hashed out. “We have TV consultants, but they really cannot test the marketplace until they know what they’re selling,” he said. “And they won’t know what they’re selling until we reach closure on the model _ the who and the how. … I think there’s a general consensus in the industry that it’s a good marketplace for college football.”
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