Hey y'all, I have a quick question for you about some of the recent expansion rumors. Numerous sites, including this one, have cited a distinct opposition to the addition of teams to the SEC which are already within the leagues footprint (Florida State, Clemson, etc.). I was wondering if someone could explain the logic behind this because reading it (at least reading it as an ignorant northerner) the explanations are not well fleshed out. That isn't a denial of very plausible reasons for schools like Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina banding together to keep such schools out, but rather an acknowledgment that I don't understand the political minutia that exists between certain ACC and SEC schools.
From what I understand, the concerns seem to be focused on the lack of new television markets brought in by such programs and potential recruiting disadvantages. I feel like I must be missing something because even if those schools don't necessarily bring in new markets, they do create more valuable television properties added high profile games (Florida State v. LSU for example) which would theoretically drive prices up since there would be more must see contests on the league schedule. Also, I don't get the recruiting bit since some ACC schools (Florida State this past season as an example) tend to do just fine in recruiting. Obviously these schools might get more access to fertile recruiting ground in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi but the schools who seem to be opposing them aren't from those states.
Again, this is not saying that there isn't a good reason for SEC East schools to try and block entry to these schools, but I don't feel like the reasoning on this is spelled out so idiots like me understand it. Thanks for your help and I enjoy reading the blog.