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Reports: Maryland in negotiations to enter the Big Ten

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Reports: Maryland in negotiations to enter the Big Ten

After more than five decades playing conference games along Tobacco Road, reports have emerged that the University of Maryland may soon be heading to the Midwest.

Yahoo and ESPN are reporting that the Maryland Terrapins are in negotiations to exit the Atlantic Coast Conference and join the Big Ten conference. 

Some sources expect that an announcement of the new conference arrangement could come as early as next week. A charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, it would be considered a bombshell to many if the Terps exited the storied basketball conference.

In the current college sports landscape, football serves as the economic driver, and nowhere is football more lucrative than the Big Ten. The Big Ten network, a cable television channel jointly operated by the conference and Fox Sports, is estimated to be seen in over 70 million homes.

Maryland has had financial struggles within its atheletic department, which recently forced the school to cut seven sports, including men's tennis and some track and field teams. While it is unknown what exactly the increased revenue from joining the Big Ten would allow the Terps atheletic department to do, it is clear that the move would increase funds.

Currently the ACC consists of Maryland, Boston College, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Miami. Syracuse and Pittsburgh will soon be joining the ACC, and Notre Dame is scheduled to join the conference for all sports except football. 

The Big Ten consists of Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska and Illinois. 

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NCAA Finances: Maryland increases revenue total in second Big Ten season

NCAA Finances: Maryland increases revenue total in second Big Ten season

The University of Maryland saw its total sports revenue increase according to the most updated NCAA Division 1 public school athletics spending and revenue list released by USA TODAY Sports. 

Since joining the Big Ten, Maryland has seen drastic increases in the money they bring in from sports. 

In 2013-2014, Maryland's final year in the ACC, the Terps earned $73,434,869 in sports revenue, a little less than a $10 million increase from the previous year. 

The following year, in the Terps first financial season as a part of the Big Ten, that number jumped to $92,686,128, with the most notable increase being an almost $18 million rise in rights and licensing. 

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According to the most updated report, in the 2015-2016 year, Maryland's total revenue continued to rise, although slightly, totaling $94,101,697.

Just seeing the revenue rise is a promising thing. With that total, the Terps rank No. 36 in school revenue in the country.

While being seen as a very successful feat, the Terps have some ground to make up compared to their Big Ten counterparts.

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The Terps ranked 11th in the Big Ten, only ahead of Rutgers and Purdue. 

The entire Big Ten conference is in the top 50 on the list, making it one of the most lucrative conferences in the country. Ohio State (No. 3) and Michigan (No. 5) lead the way.

The approximate $2 million rise for Maryland mainly came from a rise in the "contributions" category.

Maryland needs to continue to see their revenue rise if they want to stay competitive in the Big Ten due to costly expenses. The expenses quickly add up, with coaching staffs, scholarships, and facilities all requiring millions of dollars.

In the 2015-2016 year, for example, Maryland matched their expenses with their revenue total: $94,101,697.

An approximate $3 million rise in coaching/staff fees, $2 million increase in scholarships, and $4 million increase in other expenses is what led Maryland to come out even at the end of the 2015-2016 year.

The move to the Big Ten was a financial one and Maryland is justifying the change as their total sports revenue has increased since joining the conference. For the Terps, that needs to continue. 

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With two championships in two days, Maryland's lacrosse teams join unique club

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With two championships in two days, Maryland's lacrosse teams join unique club

Any NCAA Championship deserves an explosive celebration because of the guaranteed adversity faced and collective team effort to go all the way. The Maryland men's lacrosse team — in addition to its challenging 16-3 season — has been fighting four decades' worth of adversity on its way to its first title since the 1975 season.

But when the Terrapins took down Ohio State — which handed Maryland one of its losses in overtime this season — on Monday, 9-6, for the championship, they gave the school, the athletic department and its fan base an extra boost of Terps pride after the women's team claimed its third title in four seasons Sunday. It's also just the third time in NCAA lacrosse history — or since the women began playing in 1982 — a school's men's and women's teams returned to the same campus as champions in the same season. 

Last season, both North Carolina teams won their respective championships, and before that, there was only Princeton in 1994. 

Topping Boston College on Sunday to cap a perfect, undefeated season, the women's program reaffirmed its power, earning its 13th championship — the most of any school and six more than second-place Northwestern — while the men opened what could be a new era of Terrapin dominance. 

It's a special lacrosse weekend for Maryland, and its fans should cherish the rarity of their men's and women's teams rising to the top of the NCAA. UConn's basketball teams have done it a couple times, and it happens in sports like swimming relatively often. But in lacrosse, both teams being the best in the nation is truly exceptional, and it deserves to be celebrated as much as the individual championships themselves.

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