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Who Watches All Those Games?

In the never ending debate and discussion of conference realignment there is a great deal of talk about how much money the TV contracts of the five conferences in the so-called Group of 5 brings in. What no one talks about is whether anyone is watching those games.

I've decided to tackle this question since there has been a lot of speculation about the future value of the TV contracts, especially the contracts of Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and the Mountain West Conference which are set to expire in 2016. In looking at the numbers a few things leap out. One the network you are on makes a big difference. A school may draw a nice audience on ESPN...

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