We have some important news from the world of college football.
Unless a last-minute arrangement is reached, Big Ten football and basketball will allegedly no longer appear on ESPN platforms beginning in 2024.
For the first time in 40 years, ESPN will not cover Big Ten football or basketball.
FOX, NBC, and CBS are slated to broadcast Big Ten games when the conference’s record-breaking media rights contract takes effect in 2024.
It’s a huge development for the remainder of the Power Five. FOX, CBS, and NBC will now be the exclusive broadcasters of the Big Ten Conference.
The SEC will be dominated by ESPN.
p class=”root-block-node” data-changed=”false” data-paragraphid=”8″>”You can see it now, beginning in 2023: Big Ten on Fox at Noon; Big Ten on CBS at 3:30 p.m.Big Ten on NBC at 7:30 p.m.And starting a year later, ESPN would be able to counter-program with SEC on ABC/ESPN 3:30; SEC on ABC/ESPN 7:30; SEC or ACC on ABC/ESPN, “Steve Mandel said.”
Meanwhile, ESPN now has money to invest and available time to fill. It may now try to join the Pac-12 or the Big 12.
“Many in the business expected ESPN to be dropped, but it’s still startling and opens the door for future ESPN chances for the Pac 12 and Big 12,” noted Ross Dellenger.
“Yep. If you’re the Pac-12, losing the Big Ten would be their first piece of good news since (?) They’ll have some money to burn and time slots to fill,” Stewart Mandel observed.
The Big 12 and Pac-12 will attempt to capitalize on this chance. At least one of the Power Five conferences will be desired by ESPN.