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The Big Ten will play six Friday night ftball games a year starting in 2017 and continuing through at least 2022, the conference announced Wednesday.Not every schl wants to host those games, though.The Friday night games are being added to the conferences 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 wont count among the six.Penn State announced it wouldnt play at home on a Friday night, and Michigan has said no to playing home or away.We fully support the Big Tens scheduling decisions as well as conference peers who are able to play on Friday nights, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said. With our large fan base, Michigan fans and alumni travel significant distances to attend games, making Saturdays our preferred day for all ftball games.Ohio State is willing to host once every three years, but only when the Friday falls during fall break on the academic calendar. Iowa, Michigan State and Rutgers dont want to host except on Labor Day weekend. Wisconsin would be open to playing at home on Labor Day weekend in selected years, athletic director Barry Alvarez said.Nebraska and Indiana have agreed to host once every three years. Maryland had no comment.It does create additional opportunities for certain programs that heretofore have not had that kind of national prime-time exposure on Saturday night to maybe have that on Friday night, Rudner said.Among those are Illinois, Northwestern and Purdue, which say theyre on board with hosting Friday night games.There are traditionalists who say Friday is for high schl ftball, but if we can get our product out there on national television when all eyes are on us, thats great for Purdue, Boilermakers spokesman Matthew Rector said.Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle wrote in an email to The Associated Press, We will play the schedule assigned to us by the Big Ten.The Big Ten plans to announce the 2017 Friday night schedule within the next four to seven days.To give schls adequate time to address logistical challenges, the Friday night games will be announced in early October of the preceding year. The 2018 Friday games, for example, will be announced in October 2017.Friday night college ftball has become more common in recent years. There were 53 games on that night in 2014, 63 in 2015 and 65 this year. The Big 12, Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference are among the leagues that play some games on Fridays.Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson, noting the importance of high schl ftball across the state, said his schl would agree only to an occasional home day game on the Friday following Thanksgiving.Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said significant operational issues make Friday night ftball in Happy Valley a no go. Barbour pointed out that fans generally travel more than an hour to get to the stadium. She also said shutting down the schl on a Friday was not an option.Illinois spokesman Kent Brown said coach Lovie Smith and the ftball office emailed high schl ftball coaches in the state explaining the situation.There is no sacred day of the week for any sports event anymore, Brown said, noting a lot of high schls play on Saturdays.Rudner said Delany called the executive directors of the state high schl athletic associations in each of the 11 Big Ten states to personally explain the conferences decision.Wisconsin Ftball Coaches Association President Tony Biolo said his organization is opposed to the Big Tens plan.Friday nights to me has just been about the high schl portion of it, and sort of let our kids be the star attraction that night, Biolo said.Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said even though his schl agreed to host Friday night games on a limited basis, the Big Tens move was necessary to increase exposure.We avoided it for years, Smith said. 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