Big Ten unlikely to expand Friday night football

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2014 at 5:48 pm •  Published: February 27, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday that the league is not looking to schedule more Friday football games, except on Thanksgiving and Labor Day weekends.

"Beyond that, I don't think while I'm around here you're going to see Friday night games," he said. "Down the road? Who knows?"

There are other questions hanging over Delany and the rest of the college athletics.

Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and the United Steelworkers recently announced plans to form the first labor union for college athletes. Hearings before the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago to determine if they are employees by federal law concluded this week. A ruling in their favor would allow them to organize.

The group is seeking a greater say in matters such as improving safety and ensuring that scholarships cover living expenses as well as tuition.

"Everybody's sensitive to the points that are being made," Delany said. "It's unchartered territory. It reminds me a lot of 1968 because you've got traditions that are 100 years old that are being challenged, and I think in some cases, some of the challenges are proper. For me the time, the number of games, are issues."

Delany is against the idea of pay for play, but he's not opposed to giving athletes more of a voice.

"I think we need more seats at the table, for sure," he said. "And I think that we'll get that. I think that we'll get that as we restructure the NCAA. I feel certain that at institutes and conference and NCAA level, there will be more opportunity for points of view, and I hope to give them not only a voice but maybe a way to weigh in."