Many folks have criticized the Big Ten's recent additions of Maryland and Rutgers. From a strictly capitalist perspective, however, it seems to make at least some sense. The league is able to leverage the eye balls of potential millions of Big Ten alums in the Washington D.C. and New York City media markets, and thus increase their selling price when their next media deals are agreed to. However, the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Marc Morehouse states (or at least openly speculates) that the league may not be done expanding and if they do, Boston College and Virginia could be the next on the list:
Boston College and Virginia could be next.
Boston College, while an absolute mess of an athletic program, could present the same draw as Maryland and Rutgers in that it would allow for the league to push cable operators in the area to carry its product for the large number of Big Ten alum in the Boston metro area. Virginia on the other hand would present a lot of redundancy to what Maryland offers and unless they know something about the collective powers of the Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake markets I don't, it doesn't make a ton of sense at face value.
Rest assured, the arms race to 16 is coming. If the league goes for another strictly money play, Boston College could well be in the mix (though as some have noted, many in the ACC would gladly pack their bags at their behest), but it certainly doesn't mean we have to like it.