It was announced late on Wednesday that the Big Ten had struck a deal with Fox Sports to broadcast the conference's title game starting in 2011 when the conference adds Nebraska and moves up to 12 teams. The television deal is for six years and will be worth between $20 to $25 million a season. Of course, while we know who will be providing the hundreds of band shots with football displayed in between, we don't know where those bands will be sitting.
The inaugural game will take place at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, but the Big Ten is yet to decide on a permanent site for the game. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, they may never find one. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told the paper that the conference would strongly consider rotating the site of the game, though one source told the paper that Chicago's Soldier Field is a good bet to host a game.
Still, Delany doesn't want to settle on one place just yet.
"I think there's lot of interest in different cities around the Big Ten," Delany said. "Chicago is fabulous, Indy's fabulous, Detroit, Minneapolis (and) Cleveland all have world-class facilities. We would not be smart not to look."
The Big Ten's logic is that while the SEC hosts its game in Atlanta every season, it's because Atlanta is the "crossroads" of the league, where as the Big Ten stretches throughout the midwest, so to limit it to one area might be foolish. Though, i should point out that while the Big Ten will cover the midwest from Lincoln, Nebraska to State College, Pennsylvania, Chicago is basically in the middle. Which might make it an ideal site.
Still, it's uncertain that the conference will want to play it's marquee game in a cold weather city every December, and odds are if they did go with a permanent site, they'd select an indoor stadium like Lucas Oil Field.