Big Ten is bringing in big money as a TV star

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 20, 2013 - 6:53 AM

For the U, ever-growing television revenue has been reliable as athletics struggled.

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drudgemonkeyJan. 19, 1310:30 PM

It "stops" after the B1G adds two more teams from the following group of candidates: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame.

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wagyu4Jan. 20, 13 2:14 AM

Uhm.. You think we culd maybe build a practice facility now???

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guth54Jan. 20, 13 6:24 AM

"The university's appearance last month in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, a loss to Texas Tech, meant a $2.4 million paycheck". What was the total cost to UofM to go to this bowl game?

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freedubayJan. 20, 13 8:34 AM

Hard to believe they make money considering the Gopher-Indiana game was the highest rated Gopher game ever at at a 2.1 share. That's pitiful and almost XFL like. If I was an advertiser I'd be screaming bloody murder. I would think if they were on commercial TV the ratings would be much better and greater profit. Even the NFL experiences a drop off when its Thursday and Monday night games are on the NFL network compared to commercial tv.

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carpenter4noJan. 20, 13 8:37 AM

Turned on the Big Ten network last week to watch gopher girls basketball and they had Iowa and someother team on(didnt care,didnt watch).Might be bringing money to the U but the network is a poor excuse for a regional sports channel

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tessssJan. 20, 13 8:39 AM

Face it people-it's all about the money-bottom line.

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bulldog93Jan. 20, 13 8:49 AM

Maybe the U can find some more administration on which to spend the $18 million.

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bluedevil101Jan. 20, 13 8:59 AM

The Big Ten Network is not a regional sports channel. It's a national channel featuring the Big Ten teams and activities. The Big Ten hockey conference is now going to be a part of that. Overall I like it. It means every Big Ten football and basketball game is on TV-either OTA, ESPN Networks or Big Ten Networks. And, it's part of my television bill so I'm not having to pay $150/season to watch the games. I know I'm paying some, but certainly not the seasonal fees ESPN charges to see the games. As for expansion, I'm all for it. I'd like to see two more teams and expanded divisions and divisional play. Would lead to a great Big Ten basketball tournament.

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elmore1Jan. 20, 13 9:21 AM

One pocket at the U is full of money, the other is empty. Hmmm, is there a way to reduce tuition to middle class kids?

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hiramfosterJan. 20, 13 9:54 AM

Whenever I read stories like this I wonder if the athletic program is a source of revenue for the university as a whole. If, for example, the Big Ten network is bringing in so much money, why is it still necessary to raise funds for the athletic program? Why aren't they making a profit?

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