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College Sports, Division I

Big Ten Conference to Expand Membership with Additions of Rutgers and Maryland

On November 19, 2012, various media outlets reported the University of Maryland and Rutgers University will join the Big Ten Conference in 2014-2015. ESPN.com reported when Maryland and Rutgers join they will move into the Leaders Division occupied by Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Indiana. Illinois will then shift from the Leaders to the Legends Division.

The move will allow the Big Ten to expand its east cost ties by bringing the conference into the New York City and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas. The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East are expected to seek replacement teams as a result of the pending Big 10 expansion. The report further stated the University of Connecticut is the most likely candidate to move to the ACC to replace Maryland.

The full article can be found here.

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm has advised, and continues to recommend, NCAA member institutions conduct annual discussions (among all significant decision makers and stakeholders) on the short- and long-term strategic and tactical needs of the athletics department in several areas, including, but not limited to, competitive success and program development. The implementation of any strategies and tactics in the areas of competitive success and program development may involve or require changes in conference membership. Colleges and universities should be ready to make immediate decisions on conference membership that adheres to a strategic plan if another round of conference re-alignment occurs in the next five years.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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