ESPN announces end of ACC/B1G Challenge following 2022-23 basketball season
ESPN is officially doing away with the ACC/B1G Challenge in college basketball following the 2022-23 basketball season. The fate of the Challenge has always been in jeopardy due to ESPN losing broadcast rights of B1G games, and that was made official in a Monday morning press release.
In its place, ESPN is announcing the creation of the ACC/SEC Challenge beginning in the 2023-24 basketball season:
The creation of the ACC/SEC Challenge marks the end of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which ESPN established with the two conferences in 1999 as a first-of-its-kind event. The final installment of the 23-year-old event, and the 15th edition of the ACC/Big Ten Women’s Challenge, will take place this week.
“We look forward to showcasing the talented men’s and women’s programs throughout the ACC and SEC in the years ahead through this exciting new collaboration with both conferences,” said Nick Dawson, ESPN Vice President, Programming. “Since establishing the very first interconference challenge in 1999, these events have been a staple of our college basketball schedule for more than two decades. We thank both the Big Ten and Big 12 for their partnership in the final year of our existing events and look forward to finding more ways to creatively partner with both conferences in 2023-24 and beyond.”