Nebraska the Buzz of Big Ten Media Days
By Todd Neeley
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten was creating a buzz around the conference media days this past week, http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/99866599.html.
Maybe the most substantive bit of news coming out of the Star-Tribune story is that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney said the conference will not change its name although there will be 12 teams competing in the league starting in 2011.
Recently the Pac 10, which added Colorado and Utah to the conference, announced that it would change its name to the Pac 12. At least it appears that the Big Ten has thought this through, and has decided that its brand name is more important than getting the conference name numerically correct.
In addition, Delaney said that if the conference does expand further that Notre Dame likely would not be added to the league.
The Star-Tribune said that adding Nebraska to the Big Ten Network will be a significant draw.
According to publication Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman said “Nebraska is as big ticket a football market nationally as there is. And being able to show Nebraska football games on our network is going to greatly increase the relevance of the network and the distribution of the network nationally over time, like few other schools would, in my opinion.”
It’s interesting because the few critics of Nebraska’s move, including T. Boone Pickens, said that adding NU to the Big Ten is not adding many televisions to the Big Ten Network.
Well, T. Boone, I guess the people who run the network clearly disagree.