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(02-25-2017 07:21 PM)ohio1317 Wrote:  Very much approve of this move. If you are going to expand, go for powerful teams that regionally make sense and that the existing fanbases are going to be excited for good. Good move for the western big hockey schools (Notre Dame meanwhile is a good one for the eastern hockey members).

Well nothing has happened yet.

But a couple of circumstances that say it might be true:

UND has joined the Summit League. Our intent when we joined the Big Sky was to be a western focused school to influence more western DI FBS schools to play hockey to replace the ones we lost - MN and WI. That was abandoned by our President, who has been talking UND will get even greater coverage soon because of the move to the Midwest Summit. Fargo media doesn't count.

Fox Sports North has been broadcasting non-hockey UND sports, and has been mentioned as a possible hockey broadcaster too. If we go to the Big Ten in hockey, those home games would be much more valuable and wouldn't be broadcast by the BTN.

Minnesota has stopped the Dairy Queen cup with the other four hockey schools in the state. When the Big Ten was at six teams, that meant only 20 conference games out of 34, so the Gophers would have needed 14 OOC games. If it goes to 8 teams, that would be 28 possible conference games, which makes OOC games scarce.

Minnesota has suddenly been nice to us in scheduling. They refused to schedule us in hockey for a few years making both fan bases bitter. Now, a game has been scheduled in Vegas next year, and they have also been scheduling other sports like vb and bb's.

Minnesota and Wisconsin miss other local rivals as their home games are like morgues. Michigan doesnt bring the juices flowing yet, especially with opposing fan bases. UND will liven up those joints.
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(02-25-2017 10:10 AM)HuskyU Wrote:  Notre Dame is too good for any conference. The Irish should just go Independent in all sports.

Thank you for your interest in Notre Dame athletics..
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(02-26-2017 08:43 AM)TerryD Wrote:  
(02-25-2017 10:10 AM)HuskyU Wrote:  Notre Dame is too good for any conference. The Irish should just go Independent in all sports.

Thank you for your interest in Notre Dame athletics..

That's a really lame comeback FYI.
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http://huskercorner.com/2017/02/26/nebra...ce-hockey/

Question if this will happen soon. The two B1G schools that have facilities ready now or very soon will be Iowa and Nebraska. If they start now, it would reduce thE strength of the league, and could negatively impact the crowd sizes even further Think Minnesota and Wisconsin would demand that UND get in first. UND fans help with sellouts of Omaha's new rink, so the Huskers and Hawkeyes could delay starting hockey so the the crowds would follow later for those series. That would make five east and five west, but probably not til 2020 or so.

The article also talks about a B1G women's league, but with UND it will still only have five teams. A new B1G school would be better off starting women's lax, as top notch women recruits are hard to find except in MN, MI and MA. MI and MI St still don't have womens hockey, so those would probably come first.

Let's Play Hockey, a hockey website, says each Big Ten team with hockey is reimbursed $2 mill in TV rights extra for their hockey games. If UND made even a third of that from a Fox regional network, it would be a slam dunk disregarding academics.
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I'd rather see UNO. They are ready now and have the fans/facilities who are all ready to embrace the B1G like they have for the Huskers.
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(02-26-2017 09:33 PM)p23570 Wrote:  
(02-26-2017 08:43 AM)TerryD Wrote:  
(02-25-2017 10:10 AM)HuskyU Wrote:  Notre Dame is too good for any conference. The Irish should just go Independent in all sports.

Thank you for your interest in Notre Dame athletics..

That's a really lame comeback FYI.


That is a standard comeback by UConn fans on The Boneyard.
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