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Big Ten Conference Announces New York City Office

April 10, 2014
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Rosemont, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced it will open a second office in
New York City to help serve the needs of its 14 member institutions. The Big Ten New
York City office will be located at 900 Third Avenue and will be fully staffed and
operational by June 1.

The office is located in Midtown Manhattan, with easy access to airports and other
transportation, and will feature both office and meeting space. Three Big Ten staff
members working in branding, championships, communications and compliance will be
based in the New York City office to provide expanded coverage and service, while
Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany and senior staff will maintain a presence in
both the New York City office and the conference's current headquarters located in
Rosemont, Ill. In addition, other conference and institutional administrators will
utilize the space as necessary when conducting business on the East Coast. The Big
Ten and its member institutions will also have access to satellite office space in
Washington, D.C.

"We are excited to be on the East Coast and to open a second office in New York
City," Delany said. "With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, we have become a
conference with a significant presence in two regions of the country. While the
space will be utilized full time by Big Ten staff, it will also be open to our
member institutions conducting business in the city. New York is one of the world's
greatest cities, and this provides an opportunity for connecting with our many
conference partners, media and alumni in that area."

"As we look forward to officially joining the Big Ten, we're thrilled that the
conference has opened offices on the East Coast to strengthen the bond with our
institution," Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi said. "Rutgers
University has a significant presence in New York City with alumni, students and
business partners, and we're happy that the Big Ten and its member institutions will
be joining us in the metropolitan area."

"The Big Ten has been a terrific partner as we have prepared to join the conference.
The establishment of offices on the East Coast is just another example of their
ongoing outreach efforts," University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh said.
"The University of Maryland draws students from across the country and the world,
but the region between College Park and New York City is especially important to us.
We're glad that the Big Ten will have an expanded presence on the East Coast."

"Indiana University is thrilled that the Big Ten has given member institutions
office space in New York City," Indiana University Director of Athletics Fred Glass
said. "It is a strong display of commitment to our new members and a substantial
investment in the eastern part of the conference's expanded footprint. New York has
one of the largest concentrations of IU alumni in the country, and it is terrific
that we now have a home base of operations in the nation's largest city."

"The Big Ten now stretches from the Atlantic Ocean across the Missouri River, and
establishing a base of operations in New York City for all 14 institutions is a
natural next step," Northwestern University Director of Athletics Jim Phillips said.
"As a university with a large alumni population in New York, and one that recruits
students, faculty and student-athletes from throughout the Northeast, we're very
much looking forward to what will be a home-away-from-home in Manhattan."

The Big Ten has made a series of announcements highlighting the conference's
increased presence on the East Coast, beginning with the addition of Maryland and
Rutgers as future conference members in November 2012.  Last June, the Big Ten
announced the acceptance of Johns Hopkins University as the conference's first sport
affiliate member for men's lacrosse and also announced an agreement to take part in
the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, sending conference football teams to play at Yankee
Stadium on an annual basis.

Maryland and Rutgers are set to officially join the Big Ten on July 1, 2014, giving
the conference more than 520,000 total students and 5.7 million living alumni. The
broad-based athletic programs of the 14 institutions will feature almost 9,500
student-athletes on 350 teams in 43 different sports. With the debut of men's and
women's lacrosse during the 2014-15 academic year, the Big Ten will sponsor 28
official sports. Maryland and Rutgers are already members of the Committee on
Institutional Cooperation, an academic consortium of Big Ten universities and the
University of Chicago that is a model for effective and voluntary collaboration
among top research universities. In 2012, Big Ten institutions produced over $9.5
billion in research expenditures.

Just 82 days until Maryland and Rutgers officially join the Big Ten


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