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Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Posted on: March 2, 2010 11:20 am
Edited on: March 3, 2010 11:04 am

If this were a child birth, the head would be showing.

Big Ten expansion is moving along faster than Joy Behar's mouth. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that it makes financial sense for the league to add any one of at least five candidates -- Notre Dame, Missouri, Rutgers, Syracuse or Pittsburgh.

The story goes on to say those are only the "obvious" candidates. There could be others. In a sidebar, Rutgers is identified as the favorite! Missouri is second and Pittsburgh is third.

Whoa, slow down. I thought we were only in the discussion stage. Based on what has broken in the last few days, we're going to know a 12th Big Ten/11 team by the summer. Maybe more. The league isn't going to necessarily stop at one. If the Big 12 and Big East weren't on alert before, they are now.

This report answers a key question I had about this whole thing: Which of those schools bring enough to the table financially to guarantee a minimum $22 million payout per year. This tells me that the Big Ten TV partners -- Big Ten Network, CBS and ABC/ESPN -- have signed off on expansion as a profit center.

The Big Ten has hired an investment firm to analyze candidates. Last week Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez was quoted as saying the league had hired a research firm to look at 15 potential candidates. Alvarez the right school or schools would have to "buy their way in" to the Big Ten.

At least he was being honest about it.

I talked to a source familiar with the Pac-10 who said he isn't sure that league will do anything. Unlike the Big Ten, there aren't the slam dunk candidates out there. Utah and Colorado, for example, don't deliver that much to a 12-team league even with the addition of a championship game. He reminded me that Pac-10 fans, in general, don't travel well. What if you have, say, an Arizona-Stanford championship game?

Here's my overview from last month.

Keep those seat belts fastened. There's going to be turbulence. For sure.



Since: May 3, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2010 1:24 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

As an OSU alum, let me say that the day OSU leaves the Big Ten is the day that the Big Ten is dissolved.

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2010 12:47 pm

To Gold Panther

I haven't heard so much BS since listening to the State of the Union address.

Please stop making things up.

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2010 12:46 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Ha ha ha, I know very well where the Boalsburg Steakhouse WAS, I ate there eons ago - and about 5 years ago it was renamed Kelly's Steak and Seafood.

But I'm sure they will rename it the "Boalsburg Steakhouse" for the big clandestine meeting this weekend with the high powered athletic directors scheming to bolt the most profitable league in the nation... this really is good stuff.  


Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2010 12:36 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Hey PSUPower,,,you know where the Boalsburg Steakhouse is...well the AD's mentioned in my previous are having a private dinner there this evening. If you are smart and get yourself a bus boy job, you might hear some very interesting conversations about the New Big East.

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2010 12:02 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Gold - You should have a show on NBC at 10pm - your stuff is much funnier than Leno ever was.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2010 12:00 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

When did the Big 10 start playing hockey did I miss something

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2010 11:31 am

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Where there is smoke, there is fire. According to one insiders account the AD's of PSU, OSU, Michigan, and Michigan State are meeting secretely in State College, PA to hammer out details involving athletics if and when they join the Big East. The report also indicated that each school will have high level representatives meet in New York to finalize other university concerns and opportunities. Not confirmed was that two network television and ESPN are prepared to make offers for exclusive rights to the all New Big East conference football and basketball games. A Big East spokesman would not comment on what the conference would do about Notre Dame other to say their days as a member for basketball only are over.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2010 10:53 am

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

It isn't about Rutgers as a football powerhouse, but the move would give the Big 10 coverage more coverage in NY and Philly Metro, which will help recruiting and generate interest. No disrespect to Pittsburgh, but adding a natural rival for PSU would be far less important than opening up the #1 and #4 media markets in the country for the Big 10. Pittsburgh is a nice school in a good city, but what's the upside?

The New York and Philly markets are almost untapped from a fan interest standpoint. You have some Notre Dame fans, some Penn State fans, and little else.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2010 10:42 am

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

I'm gonna throw my pennies into this bucket too. The only schools the Big Ten will get to choose from will be from these four:
1. Iowa State
2. Missouri
3. Cincinatti
4. Louisville
5. Rutgers
Haha first of all, you say the only choices are from these four, and than you list five.

And second of all you spell Cincinnati wrong

And third of all you think Iowa State, Cincinnati, or Louisville are legitimate candidates
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Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2010 8:59 am

Rutgers over Pitt R U Kidding me?!?!?!

OSU vs. Michigan & Pitt vs. Penn State gives you quite possibly the two biggest rivarly games every year.....The big ten thinks that NYC is gonna show love to Rutgers????  which it has never done????  Do the right thing there Alavarez and the big ten....the proximity with Pitt is perfect.....Pitt (althought lately hasnt) has great football tradition and Jamie Dixon has Pitt hoops ultra-competitive every year.....what does Rutgers bring to the table?  NYC isnt a college football town....its all about Bball evident by the Big East tourny at MSG every year.....Rutgers is the #1 the most absurd thing i ever heard.....unless they are looking for a prennial loser to beat up on every year then yeah Rutgers is perfect.....but just to see Pitt vs. PSU every year should catapult Pitt #1 by default..

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