Maryland to Receive Huge Travel Subsidy as Part of B1G Package
Though the specifics of the deal have not been published, the Baltimore Sun claims the Terps will receive somewhere between $20-30 million dollars to help with costs associated with transporting their athletes to places like Iowa (1200 miles) and Nebraska (900 miles). Specific to their budget:
Maryland's team travel budget for 2012-13 is about $3 million, the athletic department said in response to a Baltimore Sun request. Based on information available before team schedules come out, the projected figure for 2014-15 — once the school is in the Big Ten — is $6 million.
Interestingly, Rutgers apparently isn't receiving such a carrot and doesn't appear to be too salty about it according to AD Tim Pernetti:
"I don't think it's so much about subsidies. We were comfortable from the beginning that the revenues are going to equitably address the travel situation. With certain sports like football, we charter-traveled to every game, so football will really look the same. Basketball, there will be some more [travel], but nonconference scheduling will balance that out."