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Maryland, Rutgers to Big Ten?
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Posted on 11/17/2012 2:33:22 PM PST by InvisibleChurch

The University of Maryland is in serious negotiations to join the Big Ten Conference, sources told ESPN.com on Saturday.

If Maryland goes to the Big Ten, Rutgers of the Big East is expected to follow suit. The addition of Maryland and Rutgers would give the Big Ten 14 members as the league gears toward negotiations on a new media rights deal when its first-tier rights expire in 2017.

No date has been set for an potential announcement, though it could come as soon as Monday.

Maryland president Wallace Loh has been handling the conversation with Big Ten officials, a source said.

One source told ESPN.com that Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson has informed key staffers that there are ongoing discussions.

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1 posted on 11/17/2012 2:33:27 PM PST by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch
Big Ten? Yeah right...

...there only two football conferences in America—the SEC and the NFL.

2 posted on 11/17/2012 2:36:05 PM PST by Happy Rain ("Obama is the PC fascist Soros was looking for.")
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To: InvisibleChurch

Well thats interesting. I geuss it will make the basketball better since Maryland usually decent at basketball. In terms of football not so much but I geuss it allows the Big Ten to expand into the Baltimore/DC/NYC markets.


3 posted on 11/17/2012 2:40:23 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Hey darling I'd like to write a book about you!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
East Coast teams have no drawing power and excite no interest outside the remote coastal fringe. Rutgers? I mean, Really? The Big Ten, if they insist on expanding, have strong midwestern candidates they can court.
4 posted on 11/17/2012 2:42:47 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/the-geography-of-college-football-fans-and-realignment-chaos/

For those who don’t wish to give the NYT a hit it gives a chart of the top television markets for college football (2011)

CITY, POPULATION, %FANS, # FANS,
1. New York City, 20,234,243, 14%, 2,911,514
2. Atlanta, 6,481,132, 41%, 2,633,017
3. Los Angeles, 15,258,292, 17%, 2,582,840
4. Dallas-Ft Worth, 6,986,116, 27%, 1,892,114
5. Chicago, 9,430,878, 19%, 1,756,048
6. Birmingham, 2,011,831, 85%, 1,702,758
7. Philadelphia, 8,120,182, 20%, 1,649,448
8. Houston, 5,862,228, 28%, 1,637,337
9. Tampa-St Pete, 4,833,628, 30%, 1,431,867
10.Detroit, 5,072,294, 26%, 1,330,846

The article goes on and shows the number of fans for each school in the major conferences. This data shows that even though NYC is not a hotbed of college football enthusiasm percentage-wise, the sheer number of people makes it worth the effort to try to get into the market. Sorry for the formatting of the chart, it looks good when you post it in the reply box, but not the finished product.


5 posted on 11/17/2012 3:13:28 PM PST by wrcase
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
In terms of football not so much but I geuss it allows the Big Ten to expand into the Baltimore/DC/NYC markets.

Hush, Maryland. Men are playing football.

6 posted on 11/17/2012 3:19:03 PM PST by Gunslingr3
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To: InvisibleChurch

Goodness no...Pitt and Notre Dame would be much better for the conference.


7 posted on 11/17/2012 3:49:21 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("God only knows it's not what we would choose to do." - Lyric from Us and Them - Pink Floyd)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

ND is already going ACC.


8 posted on 11/17/2012 3:54:49 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: InvisibleChurch

You’re right...then need to look at Louisville.


9 posted on 11/17/2012 4:19:05 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("God only knows it's not what we would choose to do." - Lyric from Us and Them - Pink Floyd)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Basketball. Baltimore/Washington tv market


10 posted on 11/17/2012 4:25:43 PM PST by STJPII
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To: InvisibleChurch

Maryland would get crushed in every sport if they go Big Ten. What is wrong with them? They can’t handle Fla. State, how are they going to handle Ohio State?


11 posted on 11/17/2012 4:26:36 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: Hotlanta Mike
maybe it is Notre Dame they are after ... read on.. read this
12 posted on 11/17/2012 5:18:04 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: InvisibleChurch

OH, Jeez...Maryland will scare the crap out of everyone/S
When 1-AA Delaware can go to play MD on their home field, with lineman about 40 lbs lighter and damn near kick the crap out of them....I’m sure the Big 10 is terrified


13 posted on 11/17/2012 5:24:40 PM PST by coolbreeze (giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen-age boys.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Basketball. Baltimore/Washington tv market


14 posted on 11/17/2012 5:31:57 PM PST by STJPII
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To: coolbreeze

Maryland will use playing in the Big Ten to improve their recruiting in football. Big Ten uses the Maryland market to choose and pick basketball recruits to their hearts’ delights.


15 posted on 11/17/2012 5:31:57 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: InvisibleChurch
ND football doesn't do conferences, dontcha know? Soooo much better then everyone else.../S
16 posted on 11/17/2012 6:42:32 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: Happy Rain
...there only two football conferences in America—the SEC and the NFL

oh please....the SEC???

17 posted on 11/17/2012 6:43:59 PM PST by terycarl
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To: InvisibleChurch

the big ten needs neither Maryland nor Rutgers....what’s in it for the conference?????


18 posted on 11/17/2012 6:45:31 PM PST by terycarl
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Goodness no...Pitt and Notre Dame would be much better for the conference.

Pitt yes...Notre Dame, NEVER they have no need to belong to a conference for football....it will never happen....never.

19 posted on 11/17/2012 6:50:47 PM PST by terycarl
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To: terycarl

A zillion television sets plus new recruiting ground.


20 posted on 11/17/2012 6:52:54 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: MacMattico
ND football doesn't do conferences, dontcha know? Soooo much better then everyone else.../S

can you spell MONEY ???? Notre Dame has no use for conference ties at all, their checkbook is in fine shape, thank you anyway!!

21 posted on 11/17/2012 6:55:54 PM PST by terycarl
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To: terycarl

I have another link that suggests a strategy where the BigTen invades the East coast, separates the ACC, geographically, (Commisioner Delaney was the captain of the 1970 North Carolina bball team under Dean Smith), gets its hooks into them then finishes it all off with accepting Notre Dame football from a weakened ACC conference ... or something like that.


22 posted on 11/17/2012 6:58:39 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Notre Dame hates the BigTen and Pitt stinks and has no fan base. Maryland is much better and Rutgers has the NY metro market.


23 posted on 11/17/2012 7:03:48 PM PST by Varda
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To: terycarl

Hey, I’m Catholic, have friends that went to ND but teams should have to be in a conference. I love my NY Yankees, most successful team in sports history, doesn’t mean they don’t have to play in the AL east...

When every other sport joined the Big East, football should of had to as well. Of course they wouldn’t have liked it as they wouldn’t even have won the Big East most of the years they would have been in it!


24 posted on 11/17/2012 8:05:42 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: MacMattico

Take a lesson from what happened to the Miami Hurricanes, they were dominant while still an independent, once they went to a conference it was over.


25 posted on 11/17/2012 8:07:13 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Why? Because they decided to go all out thug and break lots of NCAA rules?


26 posted on 11/17/2012 11:34:40 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: InvisibleChurch

Maryland is in for 2014. It’s all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$


27 posted on 11/19/2012 7:19:15 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (USA!)
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To: rabidralph

Just wait.

You try to run a team with a 5th string QB b/c the 1st 4 strings were all on injured list.

Maryland WILL be back.


28 posted on 11/19/2012 7:21:54 PM PST by sauropod (For Barack so loved the poor, he created millions more of them.)
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To: sauropod
Maybe. But lately they've only managed to be in the middle of the pack. And this was all done for money so now all the sports teams will have uglier uniforms. I am a sad turtle.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family!

29 posted on 11/20/2012 4:05:55 PM PST by rabidralph
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