Maryland Deal Included Multimillion-Dollar Travel Subsidy from Big Ten

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Maryland Deal Included Multimillion-Dollar Travel Subsidy from Big Ten
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The University of Maryland's deal to join the Big Ten includes not only the lucrative annual payouts that all members receive, but also a significant concession obtained by the school — a subsidy worth tens of millions of dollars from the conference to offset athletic teams' anticipated higher travel costs, according to multiple sources. The subsidy, which Maryland was promised in negotiations with the conference late last year, made an already appealing offer of Big Ten membership even more attractive to the school.

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