Column: Big Ten Network limits sports audience, discourages casual fans from tuning in

By Kevin Spitz

When I write my columns, the most important thing is that I truly believe what I write.

Though I have riled people up with this column and others, I am always true to myself. I still believe it is not in the best interest of the Big Ten or the NCAA for conferences to have their own networks.

Though I did not make it paramount in this column back in September, my main reason for disliking the Big Ten Network is that a large percentage of what should be the biggest fan base of your entire program – students! – do not have the ability to watch as many games anymore.

When you are talking about a nonprofit institution like the Big Ten Conference, there needs to be a line where revenue takes a back seat to the desires of your constituency. The Big Ten Network crosses this line.