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Reports are that Maryland and Rutgers will be joining the big10. If Delaney pulls this off and puts one team in each division than I'm fine. IF it shakes up the divisions and makes it regional than I'm not for it at all. It could kill our east coast recruiting if unable to play osu and psu each year. Neither are powers for football but are great for recruiting.
I personally think it dilutes the conference too much, but I guess this wouldn't be about how good the conference is athletically and more about the eyes in New York, Baltimore, and Washington DC. With Nebraska I thought it was great. If this is all true count me in the meh category on the moves in the immediate. We'll see 5 to 10 years down the line if they're actually good moves.
He'd probably add both teams to the Leaders Division, and move either Wisconsin or Illinois to the Legends division
Surprised this took so long to get on here... I'd also be very against it.
Either way, the story that 'broke' this only cites 'sources'. It starts all of its paragraphs saying 'One source said', 'one source said', 'one source said'...
Not buying any of it yet.
We won't be getting moved. We're better than both those programs and it would make the leaders a cakewalk for OSU every year.
If God dwells inside us, like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that's what He's getting
yea... and? You think Delany doesn't want it to be a cakewalk for OSU?
It might bring more eyes on the Big 10 network and good schools, but for football and basketball, it would be them guys stealing money. I think it would bring down football and basketball, and I know Rutgers is playing good this year, but I think they would get hammered if they came.
I think it just is people tying to stir things up for their schools. I think there bigger fish out there.
There is 0 reasons to being those schools into the B1G. Delaney is really in over his head if he thinks this stunt is a good idea. Neither school brings anything to the table in athletics. Nobody in those markets give a flying f*** about college sports. Just makes no sense from any angle
From the money angle it makes complete sense.
You add states that have a combined population of 16.6 million people. Millions of cable subscribers who will now be charged more for the BTN. You add the TV markets of Baltimore and Washington, DC and to some extent, NYC. Which will help in the next TV negotiations.
From a football perspective, not so much.
If this did happen, I think either Indiana, Purdue or Illinois would move to the other division, allowing Rutgers and Maryland to join our division. I think then we would move to 9 conference games, which would add more game to the BTN.
new tv contracts being negotiated with ESPN, Fox, etc. The addition of a footprint in NJ, NY, MD, etc. is great leverage for the B1G in the negotiations. All about eyeballs.
I know that for the money it would be good, but thats going to be a tough sell . I would have respect if they came out and said "this is all about the money", but instead we will hear how both these schools would bring so much.
I still don't think it happens , unless the teams that are already in get more money instead of spliting the more.
I'm with the majority here, it's not good for athletics. It does however make sense financially. Personally I would love it for the simple fact that both campuses are close to me. When UW comes to town I could get good tickets cheap.
From our 247 Maryland site...
Will the University of Maryland accept the Big 10 potential departure from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
I can't imagine the Big 10 needing Maryland. It more like they need the Big 10. Unless this comes with the ACC falling apart and getting some pieces of leftovers, otherwise no thanks.
Unfortunately it is all about the money. The B1G doesn't need Maryland or Rutgers for any other reason. This will dilute the quality of the athletic competition.
Let me ask this question...
Within reason, of the teams available, who would you like to see added?
It's obvious that expansion is going to happen.
I hate it. It's two schools that add very little for football and basketball, have poor fan support, tiny stadiums, and pull the Big Ten too far outside the Midwest. Except for revenue/TV viewership, they're worthless.
Personally I see no reason to add anyone. As it is we will be playing some traditional rivals less and less. It will require that we increase the number of conference games or we will go 6 to 10 years without playing Iowa or Northwestern or Michigan or MSU or Nebraska. It appears that if more are added there will be fewer and fewer non conference games. In some ways that is a positive. Will provide a better schedule for fans. But may reduce the number of home games every other year. Will the increase in tv revenue offset the loss of the 7th home game? If not will that require an increase in ticket prices?
From a football standpoint I think 12 is the perfect number. I think it's only worth it to add a 13th and 14th team if one of them is Notre Dame. If that were the case I could deal with the negatives of playing the non division teams less or going up to 9 conference and then having some years with one less conference home game than road game. If one of the additional teams isn't Notre Dame I just don't like the trade offs.
Even though it would never happen because they aren't rated that thing for schools that everybody in the Big is except Neb and that is Louisville. Their basketball is a top 3 this year coming off a final four and their football team is a top 25 since Strong is there. Just a dream , but for athletics, they would bring something to the table.
Spot on Kyle, expansion is going to happen. I wish the Big Ten would stay at 12, but its not going to happen. They need to keep up with SEC, PAC 12, ACC, BIG 12. Its the new landscape of College sports. So adding two schools is not an option.... I'd rather have Rutgers and Maryland instead being behind the 8 ball and taking a couple MAC schools when all other schools have been gobbled up.
I'd like to see Pitt though, although it doesn't add a huge market.
This post was edited by tahoe badger 20 months ago
I think with the conference and the Big 10 network, 90 plus % of all schools would want to join to get a piece of the pie. I just would hate to settle for some of these schools out there.
I know it's far too late now, and the situations were/are different, but I will no longer be able to defend Delany and the AD's against accusations of greed-based decision making if we end up taking Maryland or Rutgers when we could have had Missouri (or several of the other schools that have been floated in these types of decisions).
Again, different timing and different situations, but come on.
Reports out there that Mayland is in.
Done deal per InsideMDSports.
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