Big Ten expansion looks dimmer The Enlightened Spartan: Big Ten expansion looks dimmer

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Big Ten expansion looks dimmer

Well, the ES learned through the grapevine that a meeting held within the past week between the Big Ten office and faculty representatives included comments from commissioner Jim Delaney - of which he cooled to the possibility of expansion. While there is serious investigation by the Big Ten office (as requested by the Big Ten presidents), the number of schools that the Big Ten is looking at has gone "down from three to none (not one, but none)." This is an interesting consideration, given the Free Press comments.

Now, it is true the faculty reps aren't getting the full story -- they are only being told what they need to know. And, knowing the pressure of finances on college sports, any possibility of more money via revenues will be given serious consideration. But, will adding a 12th team for a football playoff add enough new money to offset the costs for championships in the other 20 sports? Likely not, certainly not in the long run.

So, what will happen? ES still sez either: nothing, Pitt, Mizzou, or Notre Dame. Seems like it is leaning toward nothing...

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