Big Ten likely to move football championship from Indy

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Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany recently said there’s a strong possibility the Big Ten football championship game won’t be at Lucas Oil Stadium permanently.

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Delany told a group of reporters Oct. 18 that it’s likely the game will be rotated around to major markets within the Big Ten footprint. He said Big Ten officials will likely start shopping the event in the spring of 2011.

The inaugural championship game will be in Indianapolis in 2011.

Soldier Field General Manager Tim LeFevour told the Chicago Tribune his group “absolutely” has interest in hosting the game. Officials in Cleveland, Minneapolis and Detroit also are reportedly interested in hosting the game.

The game is projected to bring $10 million in economic impact to the host city, according to Big Ten officials.

Big Ten schools will also profit. A source said the league’s six-year agreement with Fox Sports will be worth $20 million to $25 million per season, netting each conference school about $2 million annually.


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