They'd have some pretty huge hurdles getting clearance from the CCHA and WCHA. Then there are the other schools in the conferences. They're not going to be happy with the B10N broadcasting just their members, they're going to want their TV time too. But if they end up broadcasting those schools, especially the DII with DI hockey schools, that's extra money funneling in their way, which other schools in their main conferences would probably have issues with.
Not sure what you mean Tarkiokid. The idea behind this is the Big 10 network. There are already 5 teams playing Div 1 hockey - UW, UM, MSU, OSU, and Minny. It would require those teams to leave the CCHA or WCHA and join this new league. If one school upgrades (PSU) or another joins the Big 10 (ND), then I think the Big 10 could 'theoretically' have everyone participate in a Big 10 hockey league. Although, I honestly don't know what the minimum membership number is (6 or 8 or more) for hockey.
All of those Big 10 hockey games could and should be shown on the BTN.
The BTN is already going to be showing some hockey games but there seems to be no interest from UW or Minny to join. Also, here an article I found that talks about Big 10 hockey realignment and # of games:
The architects of the Big Ten Network believe that men's hockey and baseball provide significant programming opportunities, but pledge that will not affect the status of either sport at the University of Wisconsin.
That is, the Badgers will continue to skate in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for the foreseeable future, and baseball will remain defunct.
In a meeting Thursday afternoon in Madison with several representatives of The Capital Times, Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany characterized hockey as a "center of excellence" and "very relevant." And while Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman said that only 10 games involving conference teams will air this season, "we think that will increase each year." A Big Ten spokeswoman said Friday that as many as three to four of those games will involve Wisconsin.
Delany said the Big Ten will not force a superconference concept on its five member schools that offer the sport -- Wisconsin and Minnesota in the WCHA, and Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Instead, he is interested in creating a tournament involving the schools that would be modeled after the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in men's basketball.
The prospect of a Big Ten conference is a long-discussed and polarizing topic in hockey circles. Proponents believe a merger would provide more of an identity among casual fans, and therefore greater credibility. Opponents believe it would be a step backwards for college hockey on the whole, because it would choke off exposure and revenue for other WCHA and CCHA schools whose other sports compete in Division II or Division I mid-major conferences.
"We're not trying to replace the structure. We're trying to work with the structure," said Delany, who has met with the commissioners of both hockey conferences. "But I also believe that the Big Ten brand is one of the great brands in sports today. And I think if we could find a way, not to have a Big Ten championship, but to help hockey and have hockey help the Big Ten Network, I think those are not mutually exclusive goals. I think they can work together.
"But we're not going any place in hockey without 100 percent support from our ADs and our coaches."
Baseball, on the other hand, figures to be a sizable draw for the Big Ten Network during the spring. Wisconsin dropped its program in 1991, citing gender equity and financial concerns, and remains the only conference school without the sport.
UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said the topic of bringing back baseball had not been discussed either internally or with Big Ten Network representatives. He steadfastly opposes the idea because he believes it would negatively affect the 23-sport program on the whole, in part because at least one women's sport would need to be added to address Title IX concerns.
"I'm able to allow all 23 coaches to compete at a high level. I'm able to finance them, so that they can be competitive. I just don't feel right now, with some of our construction, and our strategic plan as far as where we want to go with facilities, that we want to add -- it wouldn't be just one sport, it would be at least two sports," Alvarez said.
"And when you really research what a baseball team would cost -- and now we don't even have a facility -- it would impact a lot of our other sports. I just don't think that's fair right now to do it. I don't choose to do that right now."
Thanks for finding this article. I don't know about all of you, but when I read this, Jim Delany isn't exactly closing the door on a Big Ten hockey league at all. It certainly won't be forced, but it's not very much of a stretch at all to think that the 5 Big Ten schools that currently have hockey programs would band together at some point. When push comes to shove, are schools such as Michigan or Wisconsin going to act in the best interests of the Big Ten or the CCHA or WHA? I understand that the various hockey league ties might be deep, but we're also talking about a number of schools that have been Big Ten members for 100 years or more that now has its own television network. If we've learned anything over the years, it's that money rules in the end.