Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany has made it clear that the Big Ten would be looking for a 12th member over the next year, to pump up the revenues of the fledgling Big Ten Network (BTN). A 12-team league, which could be organized into two divisions with a playoff game for the championship, would add a major TV market and one more big game, and that means big bucks.
Never mind that the existing 12 game schedule is already onerous for the players, some of whom actually do have to save time for academics. Nah, it’s all about the money. Why kid ourselves about academics not taking a back seat?
Hey, we’re not far from paying players to compete. With these sorts of big money machinations going on at the conference level, why bother with the charade about the players being amateur athletes? Might as well cut them some million dollar contracts and stop taking advantage of their indentured servitude.