Chicago wants to be the new Indianapolis.
It just wants to skip all the steps needed to make it happen.
Some enterprising sports marketers think it makes sense to move the Big Ten Football Championship to a smaller outdoor arena in a city with no walkable hotels or restaurants, congested logistics and overpriced amenities.
Don’t laugh; it is more than just Windy City bluster.
“Just the synergy between the Big Ten and Chicago warrants a discussion about the event,” Sam Stark, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission, told ESPN.com. “The amount of alumni here in this market, it’s an event that we need to look at.