As a result we start seeing increasingly lopsided economic discrepancies that start to look more and more like the Yankees versus the Royals in MLB -- permanent "upper class" and "lower class" members of the conference. I don't think that's good for the sport personally.
That predates the LHN -- like the $117M for tOSU, $99M for UM, $93M for UW, and $91M for PSU -- and $59M for Northwestern? And that is in the "model" B1G that NU scampered off too because of the "bullies" at UT. Where they share all network revenues equally, and still wind up with this disparity?
Or the $106M for UF, $89M for Auburn, $88M for UA and Tennessee both -- and $45M for Vandy? In the "oh so fair" SEC the agros are slinking off to? There are a MULTITUDE of things that drive those resource disparities, and TV revenue is at max 20% of it. For instance, in 2009, UT's $120M in revenue had $191,000 in media rights -- compared to tOSU's $16M. Ticket sales and donations are MUCH bigger, and I don't know how you level that field.
These disparities will continue, with or without a LHN.