Big Ten to open New York office in June

As soon as the Big Ten added two new members on the East Coast in Rutgers and Maryland, league officials talked about opening a second office. Now it's happening.

The Big Ten announced Thursday that it will open an office in New York that will be operational by June 1. The office will be located at 900 Third Avenue in midtown Manhattan. Three Big Ten staff members working in branding, championships, communications and compliance will work in the office, and league commissioner Jim Delany and other top officials will maintain a presence in the office as well as at league headquarters in Rosemont, Ill.

The office will host league meetings, and officials from the Big Ten and its members also will have access to a satellite office in Washington, D.C.

"With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, we have become a conference with a significant presence in two regions of the country," Delany said in a prepared statement. "While the space will be utilized full time by Big Ten staff, it will also be open to our member institutions conducting business in the city."

Opening a New York office is one of several steps the Big Ten is taking to increase its East Coast presence in advance of Rutgers and Maryland joining the league. Delany will spend much of his time in the area facilitating and promoting the additions before the two schools officially join the Big Ten on July 1.