Big Ten confirms new TV deals with Fox, ESPN, CBS and BTN

  • 07/24/2017 2:00 pm in

As initially reported in June of 2016 by John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany confirmed the league’s new six-year television deal with Fox, ESPN and CBS on Monday.

In addition, Delany also announced that the Big Ten and BTN have extended their partnership through 2032.

The announcement from Delany came at Big Ten football media days in Chicago.

The deal with CBS is for six years and is basketball only. The agreements with Fox and ESPN are for football, basketball and other Olympic sports, according to Delany.

ESPN’s Burke Magnus and Larry Jones of Fox Sports both spoke about the deals at the podium in Chicago.

BTN President Mark Silverman also announced the availability of BTN on both Hulu and YouTube TV.

The Big Ten Network will celebrate its 10-year anniversary next month.

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  • Jeremy Jackson

    I am sure I will be required to pony up some green to see all the games. Eventually this will drive me to not care.

  • Jeremy Jackson

    Surprised to see that they did not announce the two December BIG games will only be streamed on BTN!

  • Sandra Wilson

    They can’t put together a fair and balanced basketball schedule, but they can always figure out ways to make more money.

  • TomJameson

    FOX, CBS, ESPN & BTN … 4 major networks carrying basketball games, and I’d bet they will still find ways to make people pay a subscription price to watch 2-3 games like normal. Matter of fact, with that collusion going on, I’m wondering if they won’t find a way to make us pay a streaming charge for 4-5 games now.

    It’s all about the money. Don’t let anybody tell you different.

  • JethroTroll

    Wow! I never thought that a conference simply announcing a television package would draw such negativity. Some people just aren’t happy unless they’re complaining.

  • Dennis

    Any idea of when they will be coming out who is carrying which games? Will we need to have BTN to pick up the other games or only BTN? Hopefully I can stop the installation of DISH before the season starts.

  • N71

    You bring up an interesting point which I hadn’t considered until now. I tend to fall on the cynical side about these deals but do admire and respect what Delany has done for the conference as a whole, a necessity for sure but it comes a some cost. Go back to 1981 and you’ll find most if not all IU basketball games were on WTTV Channel 4, for free, and started each game with the mop lady singing the IU song. It was essentially our own IU basketball channel and a tradition families shared for years, must see TV. Fast forward to today and an IU game is but one in a machine gun of BigTen Network programing with announcers that a good but certainly can’t recall historical IU factoids like Chuck Marlowe. Change happens but when you layer in our being less competitive in recent years, having to stream certain early games at a cost (these early games are some of the most interesting because they provide a window into how the season may go), we loose one of the two great Purdue games, all with additional out-of-pocket expenses lurking I can understand the snarky comments.

  • HoosierOne

    Any additional games on the major networks is a plus. It seems like the ACC gets a lot of love from ESPN so this might help the Big10 get some support on the national level. After all, CBS doesn’t want a bunch of garbage teams who won’t draw viewers.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Does anyone know when BTN will be on Hulu? I’m considering switching all of my TV service over to streaming only (Hulu, Netflix, & Sling). IU’s games on BTN are the only reason I still have DirecTV.

  • Colin M

    I do not believe that the ACC will launch a cable network in 2019. John Swofford used the ACCN as bait for the conference schools to sign a Grant of Rights.

  • Jermhoosierfan

    DirecTV has a streaming service now that rivals Sling and Playstation VUE. They have 4 packages that start around 25 to 30 for what it’s worth.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Good stuff. I’ll have to look into it. I like DirecTV, I just don’t like paying for it when there are other cheaper options.

  • Steve Grimes

    You still need a conference (media) network to enhance your schools “non FB/BB” scholarship offers …
    Everybody wants attention.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    Cutting the cord this week. About time.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    DIRECTV Now doesn’t have CBS. Beware!