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Big Ten Could Package Football, Basketball Championships

In more Big Ten news, comments by Jim Delany over the weekend seem to have slipped under the radar. Delany said Saturday in Seattle that the Big Ten might package its football championship and men's and women's basketball championships for one city.

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Where the title game goes after 2011 is still for debate and evaluation. Delany said the conference intends to examine the locations for its men's and women's basketball tournaments and the football championship game next spring when officials have time to tour a number of sites that have shown interest.

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Delany said it's possible all three could be together in a package deal, but athletic directors currently don't have the time to examine all of the options.

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One would have to think that Pittsburgh instantly gains more traction in being able a host city for these events with the opening of the Consol Energy Center. While Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis and Chicago are all intriguing possibilities, it's going to be hard for Jim Delany to turn down hosting his big events in some of the best facilities in the country in a market where its brand name could use a boost.

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