Big Ten Spring Meetings Now Draw Interest

     All of a sudden the spring Big Ten meetings draw media interst-- I don't remember that in years past, at least not five years ago, etc.  But the sports landscape changes at the division one level all the time so these meetings always seem to be provocative.  I don't know that anything's concretely changed from the three days in Chicago this week, but the talk has flowed freely like fine wine, right?

     You know the bowl system has to change.  The bowls aren't the big financial deal anymore everyone thinks.  Fans are smarter than they used to be-- too expensive to travel to substandard match ups sitting in lousy seats with poor television ratings.  How they change remains to be seen, but they are going to be adjusted at the Big Ten level, separate from the coming change to the BCS format.

     I like the idea of using the Rose Bowl for semi-final games involving Big Ten or PAC 12 teams and think that's a good idea.  And I agree to use neutral sites-- home field sites in winter time make no sense whatsoever.  And the Big Ten loves the Rose Bowl and its tradition and that's fine and it seems like that proposal will work out. 

     Baseball and the Big Ten tournament?  There's no great solution because there are no crowds wherever the tournament is played.  So I'd go to the campus site of the top seed-- the team that earned it in the regular season.  The crowds won't stampede in but it would uniquely special in one of those Big Ten markets to at least some degree I think.

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