Big Ten to play 6 Friday night games in new TV contract
3 November 2016 Entertainment News
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Rosemont, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Big Ten will feature six Friday night games as part of its new TV contract beginning next season.
According to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany , Friday night games will be limited to September and October.
Delany added that it will not include every team while schools with huge stadiums, such as Penn State and Ohio State, won't be asked to host them
After the announcement, Michigan has declined to participate in Friday night games at home or on the road while Penn State said it will turn down request if asked to host a Friday night game.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, for its part, said the Buckeyes would be able to host a Friday night game only during its autumn break, which typically occurs the second week of October.
"We don't have classes on campus that Thursday or Friday, so operationally, it works because we're not dealing with parking issues or classes or any of those conflicts that a game would get in the way of,” said Smith.
Ohio State is also open to playing Friday night road games in September while Michigan State said it would agree to host a Friday night game — but only on Labor Day weekend.
The Friday night schedule will include three non-conference and three conference contests.
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