On a side note, I thought this was funny.
Report: B1G to subsidize Maryland's travel
The big 10 really wants that TV market.The Baltimore Sun reported Friday night that Maryland will receive a major subsidy from the Big Ten to cover its increased travel costs for its new league. Like, very major -- $20-$30 million.
From the report:
The subsidy underscores how much the Big Ten coveted Maryland and the accompanying Baltimore-Washington television market. Maryland had some leverage in the talks because -- unlike some schools exploring jumping conferences -- it was not coming from a league, the ACC, that appears in imminent danger of collapse. It was not clear when the subsidy is to be received and whether it will be a lump sum or series of payments.
The Sun also reports that Maryland's travel budget will double from about $3 million in 2012-13 to about $6 million when it joins the Big Ten in 2014.