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Iowa-UNI hoops to be on national TV
November 29, 2012 - Andy Heintz
The Big Ten Conference is quickly becoming one of the most powerful conferences in the nation and it really has little to do with the athletics side of things.
One big reason for schools to want to b in the Big Ten Conference is because of the money that is getting collected through the conference and the Big Ten Network.
A perfect example of this being put into action can be seen when you look at the television schedule of the two games in the Big Four Classic on Saturday, Dec. 15.
The Iowa-UNI game at 1:30 p.m. will be shown nationally on the Big Ten Network, while the Iowa State-Drake matchup also will be shown but just locally through Mediacom Connections 22.
It is great that both games are being televised for all of the Big Four basketball fans in the state, but the fact that Iowa-UNI will be on national television instead of local television in the middle of a Saturday afternoon will bring in a ton of money for Iowa and give both the Hawkeyes and Panthers much more national exposure than the Cyclones and Bulldogs.
Being on the Big Ten Network won't hurt recruiting either as both programs will have the chance to showcase their style of play to a national audience and players who may be checking out each school from all over the country can check out the game from their living room.
The benefits of the Big Ten Network and the Big Ten Conference are really starting to take shape. That is why Rutgers and Maryland recently decided to take their place in the league.
The only question now is which programs are next?
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