BTN to air Maryland announcement at 3 p.m. ET

BTN will have live coverage beginning at 2:30 PM ET of the University of Maryland’s press conference announcing it is joining the Big Ten. Following the press conference, BTN will have analysis from a variety of guests. Dave Revsine will host BTN’s coverage, which can be seen on BTN TV & BTN2Go.

As news develops, we’ll be updating this news section on Big Ten expansion. Also, looking to get up to speed on Maryland? Here are a few links into out BTN Team Report pages:

An earlier report said the Maryland Board of Regents is meeting today to discuss the joining the Big Ten. If Maryland approves the move and applies for admission, Rutgers is expected to follow suit and leave the Big East. That would leave the Big Ten with 14 schools. Read that AP story now.

To watch the show away from your TV, know that BTN2Go is a live 24/7 multi-platform extension of BTN that gives fans the ability to watch the network live wherever they are via the internet, mobile phone or tablet. Cable and satellite companies who have agreed to carry BTN2Go will offer it, but you must have BTN as part of your cable or satellite subscription to get it. We also now offer BTN2Go for iPhone and iPad via the iTunes store as well as for Android phones via the Google store. To learn more and to use BTN2Go, go to BTN2Go.com.

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Reid Denker on 11/19/2012 @ 12:15pm EST Said:

A money grabbing decision. Yeah it will bring in more money but at what cost to the brand that is the big ten? And with Rutgers probably joining tomorrow, 14 teams?! Adding Nebraska was a no brainer, but with these two new teams opponents will now go years without facing each other. I like the Big Ten Network but to make huge decisions like this simply because they want more money from their tv channel is ridiculous.

Bill on 11/19/2012 @ 12:19pm EST Said:

Great news! Maryland will be a great addition.

Deb on 11/19/2012 @ 12:37pm EST Said:

I’m a Terp alum and my child a former Buckeye student athlete NOW life gets fun (tired of Buckeye shidagy all over my life haha)…when are the Buckeyes coming to town?? College Park will be shut down for sure!!! hahaha

lindabeezie on 11/19/2012 @ 12:46pm EST Said:

With this many teams in the Big Ten, we should create another division to add to the Leaders and Legends Divisions. Let’s call it…the Losers Division, and Maryland can be its flagship team. Horrendous decision, Big Ten. The SEC is REALLY laughing at us now. Just goes to show that the almighty dollar is king.

T.J. on 11/19/2012 @ 2:32pm EST Said:

It’s about $$$$$ and the tremendous, I mean tremendous, Baltimore/DC market that the B1G now captures. You really have no idea what the B1G is getting in that market. This was a no-brainer decision.

Doug on 11/19/2012 @ 2:46pm EST Said:

I don’t get it. The BTN is already offered on the Verizon cable system in Maryland. So where’s the expansion?

RUDave on 11/19/2012 @ 4:08pm EST Said:

Doug- as an RU fan, we have been discussing this very topic for a couple of years. The BTN is available on cable here in NJ, as well, but it probably gets about $0.10/subscriber/month from the cable provider. In normal Big Ten states, the cable providers pay over $1/subscriber, so that is potentially a lot of additional $$$. Even if the cable providers only split the difference between the 2 carriage rates, that’s a lot of $$ added to the Big Ten Network’s earnings. This argument was also the reason why Pitt would never be invited. PSU already brings the higher carriage rate for most of PA (incidentally, does not include the Philly market, which includes most of southern NJ). In that case, Pitt adds no new revenue- but Rutgers might cement the higher carriage rates for Philly, as well as NYC metro markets- which includes most of Northern NJ. While NYC itself is not a huge college FB town (and certainly divided in each allegiances, since people from all over come to NYC to live), RU is easily the #1 CFB team that is followed there (which is why the Empire State Building was lit up in red for the 2006 game vs Louisville (Pandemonium in Piscataway)- and probably will be again on Nov 29th for the same game, which will decide the BE Champions for this year.