John Wendt

In the News: John Wendt on Big Ten Expansion

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Department of Ethics and Business Law Professor Emeritus John Wendt spoke with KARE 11 News about the Big Ten getting bigger with the additions of USC and UCLA officially joining the conference in 2024.

From the story: "The whole thing is about media rights and the media rights for football. You'll see some in basketball. The main driver is football and expanding your market nationwide for the Big Ten," said John Wendt, University of St. Thomas Department of Ethics and Business Law Professor Emeritus.

For student-athletes, this will likely cause them to miss more class time with additional travel going from hundreds of miles to thousands of miles as well as shifting game schedules.

"This is going to take it to a whole different level for student-athletes. You can have a situation where you have the in-person meeting with faculty could be decreased by as much as 60% a week for certain weeks of the year, that's tough on student-athletes," Wendt said.

Wendt is also concerned about the future of Olympic sports like swimming ad diving for instance, as well as the costs associated with the addition of West Coast schools.

"It's expensive – this is very expensive. Logistically, I think the word they say is challenging, that's going to be tough," Wendt said.