Big Ten announces six-year deal with ESPN, Fox Sports worth $2.64 billion – Chicago Tribune

The Big Ten formally announced its six-year partnership with ESPN and Fox Sports, a deal worth a reported $2.64 billion that industry analysts view as a victory for the conference.

News of the agreement broke more than a year ago, but Commissioner Jim Delany delayed the unveiling until Monday.

“We have labored in bringing our agreements to maturity,” he said. “The (game) selection I wouldn’t say is tricky, but it is sensitive. Any change requires you to go back.”

Fox gets the first pick each year, and — no surprise — the network has selected Ohio StateMichigan in 2017. Fox also gets the conference championship game.


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