Big 12 Announces New Media Rights Agreements With ESPN & FOX Sports Media Group

Friday, September 7th 2012, 6:50 pm
By: News 9

The Big 12 Conference has reached a deal with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group for coverage of its sporting events.

Beginning this season, every Big 12 home football game will be carried on a combination of ESPN, FOX or institutional platforms. Big 12 schools will have a choice to keep rights to one conference-controlled football game per season. Institutions will also be allowed to keep a minimum of four men's basketball games a season. In all other sports, institutions will keep rights to all home contests not selected for air by ESPN or FOX.

ESPN remains the primary rights holder of Big 12 men's basketball, including the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship.

The new 13-year deal with ESPN will run concurrently with the 13-year deal between the Big 12 and FOX.

"The stability of the Big 12 Conference is cemented," said commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "We are positioned with one of the best media rights arrangements in collegiate sports, providing the Conference and its members unprecedented revenue growth, and sports programming over two networks."

Highlights of the joint agreement include:

• An increase in the number of guaranteed full national football telecasts to a minimum of 25 per season on a combination of ABC, FOX, ESPN and FX.

• Allows FOX over-the-air access to Big 12 football with a minimum of six games annually on broadcast television.

• Allows ESPN cable access to Big 12 football for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU

• Provides FOX with enhanced selections through 2015. ESPN and FOX share rotating game selections beginning in 2016.

• All media, "TV everywhere" rights to ESPN and FOX.