BIG TEN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING MEDIA RIGHTS AGREEMENTS PROVIDING FANS UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS AND STUDENT-ATHLETES GREATER EXPOSURE THAN ANY OTHER COLLEGIATE SPORTS CONFERENCE IN HISTORY

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The Big Ten Conference announced today that it has entered into distribution agreements with CBS, FOX, NBC and NBCUniversal’s Peacock. The wide range of new partners, in addition to Big Ten Network (BTN) and FS1, will put student-athletes in conference football, women’s and men’s basketball and Olympic sports on the biggest stage and provide fans with the most exciting match-ups in the world. traditional over-the-art airline television and direct-to-consumer streaming. These historic media rights deals are the most comprehensive in all college sports and further cement the tradition of the Big Ten conference.

Big Ten Conference football dominates Saturdays, starting in the fall of 2023 on the major broadcast platforms from morning to night, with FOX at noon ET, CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET, and NBC in Prime Time. With the addition of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California (USC) in August 2024, the conference, its student-athletes and affiliated institutions will reach the broadest audience in the country, from coast to country. . coast, including the top three media markets in the country in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The media rights agreements will take effect on July 1, 2023 and will continue through the 2029-30 season.

“The Big Ten Conference media rights deals are more than just dollars and deals. They are a mechanism to provide stability and maximum exposure to our student athletes, affiliates and partners during these uncertain times in collegiate athletics,” said Big Ten Conference commissioner Kevin Warren. “We are deeply grateful to our world-class media partners for recognizing the power of the Big Ten Conference brand and for providing the incredible resources we need to help our student-athletes compete at the very highest levels and enhance their academic and achieve athletic goals. .”

“The Big Ten has been a valued partner for more than three decades, and we are excited to expand that relationship by adding Big Ten football to our portfolio of tents,” said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. “The combination of CBS Sports’ proven track record of taking college conferences to new heights, our standard of excellence, and the power and reach of Paramount Global’s linear and digital platforms will provide a powerful showcase for the Big Ten and its student -athletes. Together with Kevin Warren and the team at the Big Ten, we look forward to growing the conference to the highest level and reaching the widest possible audience.”

“We are proud to extend our longstanding partnership with the Big Ten Conference and further cement our position as the conference’s primary rights holder,” said FOX Sports Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer, Eric Shanks. “Commissioner Warren’s leadership and vision have resulted in the growth and recent market expansion of the Big Ten Conference. In an ever-evolving landscape, the Big Ten remains the most storied collegiate athletics conference in the country.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Kevin Warren and the Big Ten Conference on this robust sports package,” said Pete Bevacqua, president of NBC Sports. “Of Big Ten Saturday Night and Football on Sunday evening Headlining each fall weekend on NBC and Peacock, along with our historic Notre Dame Football partnership, NBC Sports will be home to premier games in college football and the NFL. Plus, with the rights to a wide variety of Big Ten events, Peacock and NBC Sports will be a year-round destination for the best in college sports. ”

“The new rights agreements are an incredible achievement for our entire conference and a true testament to what can be achieved through teamwork,” said Commissioner Warren. “I am incredibly grateful for the combined efforts and hard work of our conference staff, especially Laura Anderson, Anil Gollahalli, Kerry Kenny and Adam Neuman, our presidents and chancellors, athletic directors, coaches, student athletes and our partners at CBS, NBC and FOX Sports for cementing unprecedented Big Ten access to transformative media companies so our fans can tune in and follow the Big Ten content they love.

The Big Ten Conference’s new media agreements grant their partners the following rights:

BTN will maintain its strong position as a home base for Big Ten fans as the network will continue to broadcast a full range of football, basketball and Olympic sports competitions throughout the year.

CBS’s The inaugural season in 2023 will include seven football games and basketball promotions for both the regular season and the postseason, along with the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament final appearing on CBS for the first time. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinals and finals will continue the tradition of broadcasting on CBS, which they have been doing for 25 years. Every CBS Big Ten football and basketball broadcast is also streamed on Paramount+, Paramount Global’s direct-to-consumer streaming service.

As of 2024, CBS will broadcast up to 15 regular football games per season, including an annual afternoon Black Friday game. CBS is America’s most-watched network in the past 14 years and the highest-rated college football network.

FOX has renewed its agreement to broadcast men’s football and basketball games every season, with the ability to offer additional sports throughout the year. The Big Ten Conference’s partnership with FOX culminated in the year 2021-22, when FOX captured the #1 timeslot in college football for the first time with its 10-14 game Big Noon Saturday platform involving a Big Ten team. used to be. , and a men’s basketball season that ended with the top three most-watched games in FS1 history all featuring Big Ten programs.

NBC will produce 14 to 16 games on broadcast television each season as it introduces college football fans to Big Ten Saturday Night. Every Big Ten game on NBC broadcast will also be streamed simultaneously on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s direct-to-consumer streaming service. NBC Sports has created the most dominant primetime franchise in television history Football on Sunday evening has been primetime’s No. 1 show for an unprecedented 11 consecutive years – a series that is currently running.

PeacockNBCUniversal’s direct-to-consumer streaming service will deliver exclusive Big Ten football and basketball games each season as eight regular football games will appear on the platform, along with a whopping 47 regular men’s basketball games (32 conference and 15 non-conference games). conference) and 30 regular-season women’s basketball games (20 conference and 10 non-conference).

CBS, FOX and NBC will join forces to broadcast the seven Big Ten Football Championship Games during the runtime.

CBS: 2024, 2028

FOX: 2023, 2025, 2027, 2029

NBC: 2026

Big Ten Conference (bigten.org) is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission in research, graduate, professional and undergraduate education, and public service. Founded in 1896, Big Ten Conference has maintained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that reinforce the priority of academics in the lives of students participating in peer athletics and emphasize the values ​​of integrity, fairness, and competitiveness. The broad programs of the 14 Big Ten Conference institutions will provide more than $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,800 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. Big Ten Conference sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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