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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
More on the November night games policy

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

CHICAGO -- The recent announcement that a Nov. 7 game between Ohio State and Penn State won't be played at night because of a league policy prohibiting November night games created quite a stir within Big Ten Nation.

And after watching the Big 12 play four Saturday night showcase games last November, who can blame Big Ten fans? Especially Penn State supporters who live for night-game Whiteouts at Beaver Stadium.

Big Ten relevancy in November and December certainly is a healthy debate these days, but it's important to know the reasoning behind the policy.

Mark Rudner, the Big Ten's associate commissioner for television administration, explained the November night games policy to me before today's league meetings got under way. Though I don't agree with the league's position, it's important to understand get the full picture.

Some key points: