I agree, with the original poster, that the whole idea that Maryland was admitted to the BigTen, was to get the Washington - Baltimore Market. Just like Rutgers was admitted to get the New York City market (New York, New Jersey and western Connecticut).
Now comes the fine print, BTN is only available, as part of one's package if they are AT150 or above, and live in a state which is in the BigTen. If not, then they have to buy the SportsPack for $11/month. It does not matter if one's state borders a BigTen state. If that were the case, I would get BTN, because Colorado borders Nebraska. Thus, BigTen's game plan has a small problem, New York and Connecticut, as well as Virginia are effectively in the same boat as Colorado; not in a state that contains a BigTen school. Thus, no BTN unless you buy the SportsPack.
Of course, if DISH decides to allow New York, Connecticut Washington, DC and Virginia to receive BTN, without the SprtsPack, then so should Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia and Kentucky, as well. But, we know that is not going to happen.
Then, there is Washington DC, it is not in any state, though its land area was ceded from Maryland. Though, it is technically part of Maryland, in regards to issues if DC is allowed to become a state. Maryland has to pass legislation to allow this to happen.
I guess Mr. Delaney did not do his homework, in regards to high density markets like New York and Washington DC which span multiple states. With the exception of the Chicago area (Northwestern), none of the other11 BigTen schools are in metropolitan areas that span multiple states.
It will be interesting to see what DISH has to say or do for people who live in states that border BigTeb states.
Edited by nmetro, 13 August 2014 - 05:19 PM.