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SPEAK OUT: Is Maryland’s Move to the Big Ten a Good Thing?

Will you miss seeing the Terps in the ACC?

The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents on Monday approved a move to the Big Ten Conference, ending nearly 60 years of affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, multiple sources reported. 

Rutgers is expected to announce Tuesday that it will join the Terps in the Big Ten, the New York Daily News reported

Maryland’s move is the latest in a flurry of conference realignment that has drastically altered the landscape of college athletics in recent years, often disrupting traditional regional rivalries as schools chase increasingly lucrative television contracts.

Maryland’s move, which could carry a $50 million exit penalty from the ACC, is considered to be a financial strategy that will bring the school a share of the Big Ten’s television network revenue.

It comes roughly four months after the university announced that it would cut seven varsity sports from its athletics department, amid declining revenue from football and basketball.

For those unfamiliar with the mostly-midwestern Big Ten, in football, the conference is divided into two divisions:

Legends Division

  • Michigan
  • Michigan State
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Northwestern
  • Iowa

Leaders Division

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Purdue
  • Wisconsin

So what do you think of Maryland’s move?

Will you miss the Terps facing off in basketball with Duke, North Carolina and Virginia? Are you looking forward to football games against Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State? What about other sports?

Is this a good move or another “sad day?”

Theresa Defino November 21, 2012 at 04:34 PM
This is turning out to be a big mess. UMd did it in secret... http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/legality-of-u-md-regents-big-ten-vote-questioned/2012/11/20/73f6fe8a-3345-11e2-bb9b-288a310849ee_story.html?hpid=z3 ACC is damn pissed. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/maryland-move-to-big-ten-took-acc-officials-by-surprise/2012/11/20/247735ac-3357-11e2-9cfa-e41bac906cc9_story.html?hpid=z3
David Daughters November 23, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Agree that the move is about the money, not athletics. As a Chicago native and University of Illinois graduate, I think it is a dream that hordes of midwestern Big 10 fans will come here to see the games. It's a 14-hour drive from Chicago (i.e. Northwestern) and here. Even further for those in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The games will draw Big 10 alumni who now live in this area, but I have doubts that they will match the ACC fans who have traditionally made the trip here. And I just can't believe that Maryland fans/alumni will drive 14-16 each way to watch Maryland play in the Midwest. This is one of those decisions - made in secret and pushed through - sorta like the gambling referendum - that people in this area will come to regret and start raising hell.
Buck Harmon November 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM
The repeated Coach ads significantly cheapen the product and turn people off...can't be good for sales...
Majur modo December 05, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Lesson 1. Abandon old, established relationships for money Lesson 2. Begrudge your rules.... If you don't like the penalty fee...just don't pay it. Lesson 3. Favor the rich....expect alumni of modest means to not be able to travel to Big ten locales Lesson 4. Pursue money for money's sake. Lesson 5. Leave when it pleases you, rather than persevere to make things better for all. Lesson 6. Quit when you wan't, then blame others
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