Hurricane Sandy hit three weeks ago Monday and while things are back to normal in a lot of places, they are plenty of people still homeless and plenty of people without power.  Furthermore, the amount of money it will take to rebuild huge parts of New York and New Jersey is still a big question mark.

Why do I mention Hurricane Sandy on a sports blog?  Because apparently Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey as it is officially named, is considering leaving the Big East and heading to the Big Ten.  Doing so would require Rutgers to pay a $10-million exit fee from the Big East.  For a public university to consider paying that type of penalty in normal times is shameful, to consider it now is criminal.

And it’s not just Rutgers.  Maryland is also considering a move to the Big 10 and they might have to pay FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS to do so.  I don’t care how the schools raise this money. (They will probably rely on boosters, this has to stop.

Look, I get it, college sports is not about anything more than money.  The idea of educating the players is a secondary consideration at best. But this is something different.  As schools increasingly cut back on classes and tuitions continue to increase exponentially, this is insanity.  According to this report, 98 out of 120 schools playing D1 Football LOST money in fiscal year 2010.  That’s over 81% of the teams playing on the biggest stage there is in college football.

So, how can any school justify paying any exit fee from a conference?  And where are the trustees of these schools?  I don’t know what it will take, but if I were a parent paying tuition at one of these universities or a taxpayer in New Jersey or Maryland, I would be letting my elected officials know exactly what I think about all of this.

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  • blmeanie  On November 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Just one example, a good example of the idiocy of life today. Billions spent on campaigns, billions on tv contracts for sport entities. Sometimes the free enterprise system does break down. In your prior post you complained about two rich groups failing to figure out how to split up a lot of money (NHL). I think the American people are generally tired of the excessive money thrown around nonchalantly in the sports world. I’ve complained about ticket prices, cost of concessions, etc. , I’ll admit, I’m selfish when discussing those things. But in the end, it relates back to the disposable money I have to spend.

    In times of trouble, I think the universities you speak of should know better. FYI – it is the trustees that are probably ok with the decision. Better possibilities for more money in the Big 10 over the soon defunct Big East. It isn’t the school president pulling this trigger.

    Sorry, tangent rant over.

    • nysportsfanatic  On November 17, 2012 at 11:24 pm


      You’re right, and I think a lot of americans have figured out how to have a great time watching a game on a HDTV and not worrying about crazy ticket prices and the hassle of getting to it.

      I agree with you about the Rutgers trustees, but how in the world could the Maryland trustees justify paying $50-million to exit the ACC? Sure, it’s not the football league the Big 10 is, but it isn’t that far behind. Plus, they just agreed to a deal that gets each school $17 million a year for TV rights. And Maryland just cut seven sports because of money- men’s swimming, women’s swimming, men’s tennis, women’s water polo, acrobatics and tumbling (formerly known as competitive cheer), men’s cross-country and men’s indoor track.

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