Big Ten Inks Record TV Deal Worth More Than $1 Billion Annually

by Riley Overend 5

August 18th, 2022 Big Ten, College, News

The Big Ten announced Thursday that it signed the most lucrative media rights deal ever for a college conference, reaching a seven-year TV agreement with Fox, CBS and NBC that averages out to more than $1.1 billion annually. 

The arrangement, which includes five networks in total along with FS1 and the Big Ten Network (BTN), takes effect next July and runs through the 2029-30 season. ESPN was left out of the mix, ending its 40-year relationship with the Big Ten just before the network is set to begin a new 10-year media rights deal with the SEC worth about $7 billion. 

Property Media Partner(s) Years Expires Total Avg. Value
Big Ten (starts 2023) Fox/NBC/CBS 7 2030 $8.05B $1.15B
SEC ESPN 10 2034 $7.1B $710M
College Football Playoff ESPN 12 2025-26 $7.3B $608.33M
Pac-12 Fox/ESPN 12 2024 $3.0B $250M
ACC ESPN 20 2036 $4.8B $240M
Big Ten Fox 6 2023 $1.44B $240M
Big 12 Fox/ESPN 13 2025 $2.6B $200M
Big Ten ESPN 6 2023 $1.14B $190M
SEC CBS 15 2023 $825M $55M
Notre Dame (football) NBC 10 2025 $150M $15M
Big Ten (basketball) CBS 6 2023 $60M $10M

*numbers courtesy of Sports Business Journal

The $8 billion deal is about three times larger than the Big Ten’s expiring agreement, which was worth about $2.6 billion over six years. It was fueled by the surging value of football broadcasting rights and boosted by the Big Ten’s recent additions of USC and UCLA.

With UC regents exploring the possibility of blocking UCLA’s move to the Big Ten, the LA Times is reporting that the conference’s massive media rights deal could also give UCLA more leverage in officially securing its exit from the Pac-12. 

Member schools are projected to eventually receive $100 million annually, nearly double the $54.3 million paid out during the most recent fiscal year (2019-20) not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now stretching from coast to coast, the Big Ten has elected to adopt the NFL’s scheduling model on football Saturdays to satisfy its growing fan base. Fox will take the noon ET slot on Saturdays, CBS will follow during the 3:30 p.m. window, and NBC will cap each week with a primetime airing later at 8 p.m. Big Ten championship games will rotate between Fox, CBS, and NBC, which has exclusively broadcast Notre Dame. 

The BTN will remain the conference’s primary home for airing Olympic sports. NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, will be able to air up to 40 live events per year for Olympic sports.

“When you have multiple partners, it’s like having multiple siblings: There’s a certain amount of healthy competition,” said Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren

Warren, a former Minnesota Vikings executive, has been crafting the new media rights deal since he was hired in 2019. Presidents, chancellors, and athletic directors voted to approve the agreement last Friday. 

The record deal could reignite debate surrounding revenue-sharing in college sports. Notably, Warren said he’s open to discussing the topic with athletes.

“I think all of these open issues have to be put on the table to discuss legitimately,” he said.

One interesting wrinkle in the deal is NBC committing a $100,000 advertising budget to each conference school with the goal of promoting their academic missions. 

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Paul Eaton
1 month ago

Bring back Men’s Swimming and Diving at IOWA!

1 month ago

No more excuses MSU! Bring back the Swim & Dive program!

BIG swim fan
1 month ago

Maybe now they’ll be able to afford more then 720p for streaming swimming

1 month ago

Anyone still questioning why USC and UCLA decided to bolt the Pac-12? Even if Gov Newsom and the UC Regents want to keep UCLA as an indentured servant in the Pac-12, Plan B is the original Plan A: USC and Stanford to the BIG.

IU Swammer
1 month ago


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Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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