FOX Sports Retains Premier Football and Basketball Media Rights Package with the Big Ten Conference



FOX Sports announces it has retained its premier collegiate media rights agreement with the Big Ten Conference, the most-watched conference in college sports in 2021-22.

Beginning 2023, in accordance with the start of the conference's new media deals, FOX Sports' package adds additional football and men's basketball games to its elite schedule across its family of networks, while increasing FOX's top game selections.

"We are proud to expand upon our long-standing partnership with the Big Ten Conference and further bolster our position as the premier rights holder of the conference," 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 athletic conference in the country."

"Today we extend our long-standing media rights partnership with FOX to ensure that our fans will be delivered exciting Big Ten football, women's and men's basketball, Olympic sports, and creative conference storytelling across FOX, FS1 and BTN," stated Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren. "We deeply value the special relationship that our conference has with the outstanding team at FOX Sports, specifically Eric Shanks, Mark Silverman and Larry Jones, who have consistently worked to strengthen and grow the Big Ten Conference brand across the nation."

Highlights from the FOX Sports package include:

• Upgraded picks for the network's top football "Game of the Week" selections

• Increased football game count across the FOX family of networks

• Ability to air premier football matchups in later windows with the addition of UCLA and USC to the Big Ten Conference - in addition to the network's coveted Noon timeslot

• Four of the next seven Big Ten football Championship games set to air on FOX

• 200+ Men's basketball games will air across the FOX family of networks each year

Most-Watched Regular Season Window in College Football

Launched in 2019, BIG NOON SATURDAY has made its mark in the college football landscape over the past three seasons, becoming the most-watched regular season college football window across any network in 2021. BIG NOON KICKOFF also celebrated its most-watched season ever.

Starting the 2022 Big Ten Season Strong

FOX Sports' Big Ten coverage begins in Week 0 with a special matchup from the Emerald Isle as Nebraska takes on Northwestern from Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 12:30 PM ET on FOX. The Big Ten action continues Week 1 as Penn State takes on Purdue on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. The BIG NOON KICKOFF and BIG NOON SATURDAY crews travel to the home of the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, IN, with pregame coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET. In addition, FOX Sports' robust college football schedule, including Michigan-Ohio State, can be found here.

For the first time, BIG NOON KICKOFF travels each week of the season, previewing the day's best matchups from campuses across the nation at 10:00 AM ET on FOX.

Source FOX

August 19, 2022 8:00am ET by FOX  


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