Big Ten site release with announcement of a new league East Coast office opening in June at http://www.bigten.org/genrel/041014aad.html
As Mark Packer said on College Sports Radio, the Big Ten picked the only city which doesn't care about college sports.
Oh heck, they got the money to throw around for high dollar rent, plush offices, added staffing, and to wine and dine executives as well as other entertainment. Convenience and size counts and they may be right. The ACC and Swofford earlier also declared NYC (area) part of their domain of interest, so it shall be interesting as to what prevails. And, the new-BE, the AAC, A10, even the Ivy League and others, see NYC as important in their efforts for attraction.
The B1G expects, as the ACC has, it is going to enhance the conference with advertising, broadcasting and print media, student/athletic recruitment, and contracting with high profile venues such as MSG.
If the B1G is really so committed to obtain a formidable stronghold in the northeast corridor, including more around NYC, they should really consider adding UConn. While the region is certainly not obsessed with college football, winter sports in general do function well around there, and UConn basketball is a proven commodity.
But isn't the semi-declared intent of the B1G is to move down the mid-Atlantic into the south/southeast? I am not sure a NYC focus does much for that objective if such a purpose is truly real. As it stands now, further territorial in-roads related to the northeast seem more plausible than a southern route.
Agree though, what can be extracted from NYC have their limitations.