Big Ten on verge of signing $1 billion per year TV deal with CBS, NBC, and FOX

For those keeping track, $1billion per year would split to $62.5m per school.

Also, the agreement with NBC would have the Big Ten using Notre Dame home games as lead in to their conference broadcasts. So effectively, they partnered with Notre Dame to use their agreement with the ACC to get more money for the Big Ten (and ND) while kicking none of that back to us. Yay

Oh, and this probably means the end of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in basketball because ESPN was who originally set it up, and now that they won't have access to Big Ten home games, there really isn't a way for them to do that unless they want to split that money with CBS, NBC, and FOX.

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Wait, so they DON'T get $100 mil per year, per school?

Does that leave ESPN with more money for the SEC and ACC?

What does it all mean?

Does that leave ESPN with more money for the SEC and ACC?

FTFY

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Depends on how much more over $1bil they get. It's reportedly $350m each from CBS/NBC, so they should get more than that from Fox, which has the first choice of games.

ESPN will have more money for the ACC..... in 2036 when the current deal expires. Their SEC deal is already locked in, too, so it won't change that.

Wonder if ESPN will cover college football like their pro sports coverage? i.e. never take game day to a B1G spot and mention b1g games in passing.. maybe. Will be interesting to watch them ignore the B1G

Doubt GameDay will do that, especially when a couple of their guys are B1G alum.

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wouldn't it be fantastic, though?

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It would be, but isn't going to happen.

When they dropped the NHL... they barely mentioned the sport. They are shameless in their constant NBA coverage after they signed that contract.

But they didn't have a CHL or Western Conference pre-game show every week with former players of the shunned division or league front and center. That's a completely different animal.

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I doubt that CBS, FOX, or NBC will be any better as corporate overlords, but I am glad to see Disney get left out just to bring some competition into the space. Hopefully this will also let people see what an abusive entity the mouse is for college sports.

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Tech and the Acc are so screwed by the new conference alignments- god , please get us out of the acc. Selling the spurtle just ain't cuttin it...

Look. You gotta play the long game here. The spurtle is a radical idea and people are afraid of change at first. But once that spurtle money starts coming in, we're gonna be rolling. B1G is gonna be jealous

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I would assume FOX will be hot on this. Can the ACC demand a trade?

I am not sure what to do with my hands now

say what?! ND gets what they want and ACC still has the worst TV rights deal in all of P5?!

Who could have predicted that ND would have the ACC so securely by the balls that they would get whatever they wanted and ACC would get shit πŸ€”?

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In what way does ND have the ACC by the balls? The ACC is fucked regardless of what ND does.

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What if all the ACC teams leave the ACC and form a new conference called the East Coast Conference and then sell our rights to Fox or CBS or ESPN?

Would love it. But would probably try to set a bad precedent for getting out of a contract and you can imagine the lawsuits. Now if we added or subtracted some teams at the same time...

The lawyers would be lined up for miles.

Have been saying this. Apparently it takes 8 teams to dissolve the conference.. Here are the first 8:

1) VT
2) Miami
3) Pitt
4) Clemson
5) NC State
6) Louisville
7) Florida State
8) GT

Then convince one or two more of BC/Syracuse/UNC/UVA. Ideally, UNC/UVA

Then add: Cincy and WVU.

Leave to fend for themselves: BC, Syracuse, Wake, Duke.

Those first 8, UNC, UVA, Cincy, and WVU would be a nice conference

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If you dissolved it and then reformed it just to get out of contractual obligations, wouldn't you get sued into the stone age?

Yeah. it would be pretty open and shut form vs substance case.

I would love to see an Appalacian Athletic Conference that stretches from Pitt through VA, WV, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and into north GA. Won't happen, but one can dream.

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With NBC involved in this, you have to think it's just a matter of time before ND joins the Big Ten at this point. I wonder how the SEC/ESPN will respond. ND joining combined with these new deals and the B1G totally pulling away from ESPN networks would put the B1G in a position to be the premier conference in the country. No B1G games on ESPN also means less catalog and revenue for the Mouse. IMO, the SEC is going to respond in order to keep up with the B1G and ESPN will likely help orchestrate it. They already have ACC properties and don't have to pay them much (thanks Swofford/GoR) for a long time. But some of those properties may be far more valuable in terms of network subscriptions and ad revenue as SEC members, meaning a bigger catalog of marquee games to put on ESPN channels.

Once the ND domino drops, I think the SEC begins raiding the ACC. I think an aggressive B1G bodes well for our hopes of an SEC lifeline.

No B1G games on ESPN also means less catalog and revenue for the Mouse. IMO, the SEC is going to respond in order to keep up with the B1G and ESPN will likely help orchestrate it.

And this is the big thing that Godfrey was saying about a month ago. The Big Ten markets are now ripped completely away from ESPN. There is no overlap, and ESPN stands to actively lose advertising money going forward for any markets that are exclusive to the Big Ten.

They already have ACC properties and don't have to pay them much (thanks Swofford/GoR) for a long time. But some of those properties may be far more valuable in terms of network subscriptions and ad revenue as SEC members, meaning a bigger catalog of marquee games to put on ESPN channels.

And not just this, but by keeping those schools in the ACC, ESPN is running the risk of losing them to the Big Ten. Its in their interests to secure the future of the schools in the markets they cannot afford to lose going forward. Those markets right now are North Carolina, Virginia, Arizona, and Washington, in that order. At this point, its not so much about the SEC gaining revenue, but ESPN avoiding losing what they currently have.

This move, where the Big Ten is fully separated from ESPN all but guarantees that you'll probably see that the first round of moves when the ACC falls is to figure out what is going on with NC and VA, with all of UNC, NCSU, VT, and UVa finding a new home in either the Big Ten or SEC. Either one conference gets all 4 to lock them away from the other, or they are split evenly with Big Ten and SEC becoming home markets for both.

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So fox and espn share the rights to the big 12, with Iowa St amd Cincy being in a b1g market does espn fight for those games? Does fox fight for OkSU and TCU games?

ESPN is going to love Pitt for being in a B1G market state