ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — n TWO THINGS will seal Craig Thompson’s legacy as the MWC Commissioner: (1) the horrible TV contract, and (2) not bringing Boise State into the conference soon enough. The conference went from having an actual national TV audience (albeit on an occasional odd night or starting time) to a smattering of hardcore fans efforting to find games on obscure channels. With a better TV deal and Boise involved earlier on, perhaps Boise, Air Force, BYU, TCU, and, now, San Diego State, would have remained committed to making the MWC an automatic BCS qualifier.
♦ PEOPLE DO CARE about “non-revenue” sports. It’s TV that doesn’t care because frankly, they haven’t figured out how to totally screw up those sports like they have football, major league baseball and the NBA. The fact that football is the biggest dog in the pack is based entirely on TV ad revenue, nothing more, nothing less.
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