I firmly believe streaming services will play a role in dictating conference realignment. However, there are a number of moving parts.

1. As individuals cut the cord how will this effect ESPN and others in terms of making offers to conferences. We are 4-6 years away from the time these contracts expire. If the trend of individuals cutting the cord continues ESPN and others will see cash flow continue to decrease, thereby reducing their ability to make a substantial offer.

2. Individuals cutting the cord is negatively impacting the financials of cable companies, who are in many cases the internet service provider. Cable companies are already enacting data caps. It is to be expected that cable companies will use cost of internet access as a means of supplementing lost income from cable cutters. Potentially what you could see is cable going to a tiered data system much like you have with mobile devices. Expensive data could cause problems for streaming.

3. Will Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Google and Facebook be able to deliver a live product that will be void of the issues we've seen with WatchESPN and other live streams, specifically buffering issues or having to restart streams. Bandwidth becomes an issue.

4. Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Google and Facebook, along with ESPN streaming would all be subscription based services for college sports. It can be assumed that cable and broadcast TV would retain some rights to broadcast college sports. So what you will see is a splintered market and consumers will likely need to pay for multiple streaming subscriptions to enjoy college sports.

5. Finally, Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Google and Facebook may be able to offer substantial contracts, but are university athletic programs, especially the P5, willing to take a gamble on this new option.