Barry Alvarez says the Big Ten will be going to a nine-game conference football schedule in a couple of years. That will mean an unbalanced home schedule every year for half of its teams, which isn’t ideal – the conference pondered going to a ten-game schedule – but what can you do when you need to feed the beast?
The beast being the Big Ten Network, that is.
“To improve our league football-wise, we all agree as directors and driven by our commissioner (Jim Delany) that our non-conference schedule has to get better,” Alvarez said. “[Delany] is going to the table to re-negotiate TV contracts and we have to improve that inventory. Our non-conference schedule is not strong at all.”
The math is inevitable. There’s just more money in TV than anywhere else. They’ll need to tweak the postseason selection process so that none of the big conferences get burned by the committee for
generating more product for their homegrown networks strengthening their regular season schedules. Something tells me Delany will get that worked out sooner or later.
And you can figure Mike Slive is watching closely.