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I, I, P, P, R, O, W in one division and the Ms, Ns & Iowa in the other.
Md to the Legends and Rutgers to the Leaders. No changes to the existing alignments otherwise, IMO.
October 12, 2013. PSU 43 - UM 40 (4 OT). Unfortunately this fan wasn't around long enough to see it!
BWISnyder: According to source, #Maryland to the Big Ten could become official in next 24 hours. Also, according to source, UMD will be in Leaders Div
At least we'll have a nice, close away game. Well let's be honest, it will practically be another home game.
Kinda wish that the B1G would have added schools better athletically than Maryland and potentially Rutgers.
Sweet! I am excited to have a regional rival.
Adding MD and Rutgers was strictly about TV sets and $. Nebraska was the big name.
Dominate The State
Any leaks on how fast this happens. Umd joins by next fb season? Two years? Three?
Not very exciting teams, guess I don't mind Maryland, but Rutgers, really? Do they really bring that much in terms of a TV market that the B1G doesn't already have?
I agree. Maryland is ok but give me Virginia or even Syracuse over Rutgers.
BC could be better- Boston market... I dunno. I am not in favor of helping Rutgers in any way at all... Ever.
WE ARE! And we will always be...
I mean Rutgers is almost like a bad joke. They'd be good for one thing, an easy win each year.
2010 Census Population:
New Jersey: 8,791,894
There's your reason.
How much of that is Boston? And I know a lot of people in NJ that hate Rutgers and watch PSU or other teams anyway. But I hear you- I didn't realize that Mass was that small. How big is Boston's TV market?
BC doesn't bring the Boston market. Bad football, bad men's hoops ... only helps with ice hockey, both soccers and women's hoops, so BC is maryland with ice hockey.
Damn... I didn't know that. I just figured that since they were local, even if horrible, they'd still be on TV- like where I am right now w Pitt all over the damn TV despite sucking As$
Looks to be the #7 market in the country with 2.4m tv homes. The issue with total pop (and why i posted it), was because the B1G network is a local sports channel on Dish Network and I believe Direct Tv. The BTN also has a deal (at least how this way) that allows (requires) for the major cable providers to put it in their full cable package (not a bonus package) if the home state is within the BTN. PSU and NJ will assure NJ is fully under BTN now. Maryland (obviously we both know the following) will help into the DC market.
Boston College is also private (Northwestern, I believe is the only other private institution) which may be a drawback. HOWEVER, if ND ever feels the need to go to a conference the B1G will (obviously) be a player because of their financial base. They may want another Catholic institution, and could drag BC along. Also, Idk how BC does in research and is obviously smaller with only 11,000 enrollees.
These are Nielsen estimates of local television market size as of January 1, 2009 and used throughout the 2008-2009 television season effective September 27, 2008.
This post was edited by MTayl72 17 months ago
Gotcha. This is all great info. Thanks man.
Time to dust off the legendary Land Grant Trophy again if that alignment happens.
I live outside of Philly and my family had to buy the premium sports package in order to get the BTN
Interesting, much be different out here. From what I've seen it looks like the programs should be available at the "expanded basic" service level across the B1G country. Very interesting.
I live outside of Baltimore. Have Comcast's mid-tier package and it does *not* include BTN. Would have to upgrade to their Premier package to get BTN. On the other hand, I can now use the (somewhat crappy) BTN2GO to watch games. That's what I did for the Indiana game.
With how Comcast's contract works, you may be getting that channel in MD if they join.
Also, here is an interesting article that talks about coverage. Psu2011, even here it says you should be able to get it on the same level as ESPN. Idk what carrier you have though. May be another (#190988311) reason not to live around Philly?
From the article: "It took about a year, but eventually Delany got what he wanted. All the major cable providers carry the Big Ten network, and if you live in a Big Ten state, you can get it on the same level of service as ESPN."
From Yahoo! Sports: NEW YORK (AP) -- At 5 years old, the Big Ten Network has grown up fast.
It's part of DirecTV's choice Packag, which is one level about their basic package. $30 per mo. vs. $25 per mo. at special introductory offering. After 12 mos. it's $64 vs. $55 per mo.
This post was edited by psufankc63 17 months ago
I definitely like the Maryland addition but I'm not thrilled with Rutgers. I would love Virginia or Virginia Tech, but I understand the rational for the NY/NJ tv sets.
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