Concerning Mike Downey's column on the future of the Rose Bowl game, please consider:
The Big Ten has won 19 Rose Bowl games vs. 22 for the Pac-10 since the 1947 pact.
There are over 105,000 alumni of Big Ten schools living in Los Angeles and Orange counties. No other conference or independent school has such numbers.
The Big Ten has led the nation in attendance for 29 consecutive years. More people watch Big Ten football, in person or on TV, than any other conference.
Rose Bowl profits gave each of the 20 schools in the two conferences over $600,000 on an equal basis. The team that finishes last receives the same amount as the winner of the conference. This attempts to put them all on an equitable recruiting basis.