Delany confirms B1G deals with CBS, ESPN and FOX at Media Days
The B1G is officially rolling in the money.
Over a year ago, reports surfaced that the B1G had notched a television deal with multiple networks worth billions of dollars. At B1G Media Days on Monday, conference commissioner Jim Delany confirmed those reports.
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The B1G has struck deals with CBS, ESPN and FOX for the next six years, netting the conference $2.64 billion dollars. CBS will air B1G basketball games, while ESPN and FOX will air football, basketball and Olympic sports.
“We couldn’t be more pleased. We’ve been with ESPN since its inception in 1979 and dealing with ABC all the way back to 1966,” Delany said. “With regard to Fox, Over the Air bought the rights to our championship game. And so to have them as a partner for the next six years is gratifying and exciting.”
A year ago, John Ourand from Sports Business Journal reported that ESPN had bought half of the B1G’s media rights package and FOX purchased the other half.
Delany also mentioned that Big Ten Network – which is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this season – has a deal with the conference that will go through 2032.
While Delany’s confirmation isn’t much of a surprise, it’s now been confirmed that ESPN and FOX will continue to be a part of B1G football. And the conference received one heck of a payday.