The Big Ten are expected to pay out over $1 billion, making it the largest TV deal expected to produce a college football triple header. Fox, CBS, and NBC are on the front lines, The Post confirms.
If the deal goes through, ESPN will disappear from the Big Ten football and basketball business for the first time in 40 years. No deals have been finalized with all three networks. His writer and podcast host John Owland of Sports Business Journalfirst reported the news.
Saturday's format could be He's Fox at noon kickoff, followed by He's CBS in the late afternoon and He's NBC in prime time. Sources say CBS is expected to pay about $350 million a year for the 3:30 p.m. show. game.
This will replace the SEC, which said he will pay approximately $330 million for a top football game starting in 2024, with all games being played by ABC/ Move to ESPN. ESPN and the SEC have separate agreements. This includes more soccer and other sports, bringing the SEC figure to about $700 million.
If these deals go through, Pac-12 is next . ESPN likes it because it has a late-night window. The Big 12 is also there and could be a battle between ESPN and Fox, while Amazon and Apple have also expressed interest in participating in college football games.
There is also the possibility of further rearrangements that make the waters murky.
ESPN's SEC deal got sweetened when the SEC bought Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12. Fox, who has partial ownership of the Big Ten network and is involved in all current negotiations, was helped when Big Ten was acquired. The recent addition of UCLA and USC makes it an even more attractive TV property.