Jul 05, 2023
Nebraska leaders weigh in on additions of Oregon, Washington to Big Ten
The Big Ten officially announced Friday that it will add Oregon and Washington as new members effective for the 2024 season. Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts, UNL Chancellor Rodney Bennett and
The Big Ten officially announced Friday that it will add Oregon and Washington as new members effective for the 2024 season.
Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts, UNL Chancellor Rodney Bennett and University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter released a joint statement to the news of the two additions on Friday afternoon. According to the Big Ten, both schools were unanimously voted into the league.
“Today marks an exciting moment in history for the Big Ten Conference and the University of Nebraska. The landscape of college athletics continues to quickly evolve and adding Oregon and Washington further establishes the Big Ten as the preeminent conference in the country. These are two great institutions with highly recognizable brands that expands the Conference footprint to the Pacific Northwest,” the statement read.
“Nebraska has a large alumni base on the West Coast and the new additions will allow our fans in another region of the country to watch the Huskers compete on a more regular basis. Adding two highly respected universities to the Big Ten will also create exciting new opportunities for our faculty, staff and students to partner with world-class colleagues in research and academics. We welcome Oregon and Washington to the Big Ten Conference and look forward to competing and collaborating with them in the future.”
According to reports, Oregon and Washington will join the league at reduced payouts of around $30 million per year, with the payouts increasing by $1 million for the life of the current TV deal with FOX, NBC and CBS.