Realignment Roundabout

by Melissa Brunner

I consider myself a casual sports fan. I don't know all the ins and outs of every player on every team in every activity, but I can usually carry a conversation about the top sports happenings of the day.

So when it comes to all the conference realignment talks, I'm probably like most people - I don't get fired up about which is a strong team and which is a weak team with whom KU and K-State might be associated; I don't even really have a list of pros and cons on these "super conferences" they keep talking about. What does concern me is how this impacts the essence of what most people love about college athletics: games that are accessible to fans (ie - that you don't have to travel across the country to attend) and rivalries that add to the atmosphere of the games.

We all know college athletics has become a huge money-maker for all sorts of entities. Is that what it should be about or have administrators lost sight of what should really matter? Chime in and let me hear what you think.


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