Turns out the Maryland marriage to the Big 10 may not be as smooth as we all hoped. Interesting article out of Baltimore Business Journal today saying there is no guarantee that Maryland games will be on the Big 10 network. You can read the whole article Here.
To summarize, Maryland could have as many as two football and 15 basketball games go untelevised once they join the Big 10. Turns out Maryland is being used as a pawn by the Big Ten Network, who wants their network to be on the basic tier for local cable distributors and not the sports tier. Which means we can look forward to more cable wars and propaganda going into the 2014 season.
I’m not going to pretend to know about how this business works, so I’ll let the article speak for itself, but I do find it frustrating that we are already being jerked around. The article may be a little less cynical than I am, but I just don’t see the point of going from a conference we founded to being a piece in a game so that others can gain leverage. Call me old fashion in that sense.
Anyway, hopefully this gets straightened out, and Loh and Wallace get their money.