Big 10 Football May Be On Different TV Networks This Season
All the big television networks are in a bidding war to air Big 10 football and it looks like some of those college games will be seen on different networks this season.
Michigan Teams in Big 10
Of the 14 teams that are currently in the Big 10 conference, Michigan has two teams on that list, Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans. The Big 10 is supposed to expand to 16 teams in 2024 and then will include USC and UCLA and who knows, maybe Notre Dame will finally want to join the party in a couple of years and bump it up to 17 teams.
Regardless if it's 14, 16, or 17 teams in the Big 10 football conference, we may be watching games on different networks than in the past few seasons.
What TV Networks Are Coming and Going With Big 10 Football
ESPN may be the biggest loser in the bid for hosting BIG 10 football games. Currently, CBS and NBC have put in much larger bids in hopes of carrying the games on their respective networks. Plus, with two more teams coming to the conference in 2024 this could mean all-day football for networks on Saturdays who score the Big 10 rights.
According to MLive, Fox who owns a 60 percent stake in the Big Ten Network will be hosting games with the rest likely falling into the hands of CBS and/or NBC.
If NBC gets a big enough piece of the pie they plan to stream games on Peacock.
These new deals with CBS and NBC would also end ABC's longtime partnership with the Big 10.
So what it boils down to is, sometime in the next couple of weeks, if you had been watching Big 10 games on ESPN or ABC, chances are those games will have new homes.