ESPN, Big 12 Conference Sign New Rights Deal

ESPN and the Big 12 Conference announced today they have reached a new, 13-year rights agreement that will allow the network access to sports action through the 2024-2025 academic year.

The new deal will allow ESPN to access more college football and basketball games across multiple platforms.

Some aspects of the deal begins this year, including distribution on multiple ESPN networks for football games, and more men’s basketball games. As part of the agreement, Fox Sports will offer additional Big 12 content on its networks.

For now through 2015 up to 19 conference-controlled football games will be televised on ESPN networks and platforms, Beginning in 2016, ESPN can distribute up to 23 conference-controlled football games.

For men’s basketball, ESPN networks will televise up to 105 games – an increase of 10 per year.

“The Big 12 combines institutions known for excellence with passionate fan bases and rich traditions.” said ESPN President John Skipper,  “This agreement gives us long-term stability, more games and more flexibility for when and how fans can see their favorite teams.”

“The stability of the Big 12 Conference is cemented.” said Big 12 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.”