I was under the (likely naive) impression that the goal of 'conference travel partners' was to reduce cost, but I don't understand how that works. CU and Utah are supposed to be 'travel partners' and right now they're both in the state of Washington. Tonight, CU plays at WSU and Utah plays at UW-West; Saturday they swap. How exactly does this save either school money? I'm assuming Pac-12 basketball teams generally travel on commercial flights (correct me if I'm wrong) -- unless CU travels first to SLC, then both schools share a charter flight to either Spokane or SEA, then split up again, play their respective two games and meet back at a common Washington airport to go back East, I don't see it. I haven't done the actual cost analysis, but even if you don't assign any value to stakeholder travel time, I have a hard time believing this is more cost effective than CU flying to Spokane out of DIA and Utah to SEA flying out of SLC. Now, having CU play WSU and Washington in the same road trip makes complete sense. I just don't see how either school saves money by having both do it in the same week. The only benefit that I see from the concept of "travel partners" is simplicity of scheduling, which has to get much easier under this model -- if that's the only reason, the term maybe should be termed "scheduling partners". If anyone can shed light, thanks in advance. I'm probably missing some very basic point.