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Big Ten Commissioner Has 2-Word Response When Asked If Conference Is Done Expanding

Kevin Warren

The Big Ten is currently home to 14 schools and anticipates two more programs - USC and UCLA - to join the league by 2024. 

While an August report by The Action Network's Brett McMurphy initially indicated that the conference was "not done expanding," a comment from the league's commissioner this Wednesday afternoon appears to say otherwise. 

When asked today if the conference was finished expanding, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren simply said, "For now." 

"Big Ten commish Kevin Warren asked if Big Ten is done expanding: 'For now'," McMurphy tweeted Wednesday. 

Talks of further Big Ten expansion have run rampant ever since the conference signed a massive media rights deal in August. 

Reportedly inking new contracts with Fox, CBS, NBC, Peacock and FS1, the Big Ten's latest TV deals are worth an estimated $7-8 billion, per McMurphy. 

Further, included as part of the league's new agreement is an "escalator clause." This contract stipulation could move the total value of the deal up to nearly $10 billion if the conference's membership increases. 

Should the Big Ten choose to expand further, the escalator clause could keep the per-team share of the media rights deal above its current valuation - until or unless the conference reaches 21 teams. 

Based on today's comments from Kevin Warren, however, it appears the conference will hold steady with their current 16-team setup. 

Two Big Ten programs - Michigan and Ohio State - will represent the league in the upcoming College Football Playoff.