Big Ten to play 6 Friday night games a year starting in 2017

Posted at 9:20 AM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 09:20:46-04

UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten will play six Friday night football games a year starting in 2017 and continuing through at least 2022.

Not every school wants to host those games, though.

The Friday night games are being added to the conference’s television agreements with ESPN/ABC and Fox, Senior Associate Commissioner Mark Rudner said. No team will play more than one Friday night home game a year.

The Big Ten already has had Friday night games on Labor Day weekend. Those games will continue and be counted among the six each year. Iowa and Nebraska play each other the day after Thanksgiving in a game that won’t count among the six.

Penn State announced it wouldn’t play at home on a Friday night, and Michigan has said no to playing home or away.