Two Minnesota Legislative leaders join call for Big Ten to resume play this fall | West Central Tribune

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The letter is signed by 10 politicians in six Midwest states with Big Ten schools: Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. It was sent by Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, but supported by Daudt, a Republican from Crown who is Minnesota’s House minority leader, and Gazelka, a Republican from Nisswa, the state’s Senate majority leader. The Big Ten called off its fall sports seasons due to health and safety concerns for its student-athletes on Aug. 11. The Pac-12 joined the Big Ten in forgoing the fall seasons, while other major conferences — the SEC, Big XII and ACC — are going ahead with seasons. A handful of smaller schools kicked off the 2020 season last weekend, and more programs will begin play this weekend. Without the delay, the Gophers would have played their season opener last weekend. The letter, obtained by the Pioneer Press, reads: “Recent actions taken by other conferences across the country to start football and other fall sports have placed the Big Ten, its members and students at a disadvantage. … Additionally our local universities stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars that support vital student scholarships.”

The Gophers athletics department estimates a $75 million revenue shortfall if games are delayed …

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