CHICAGO — Those lusting for the official financial details on the Big Ten’s new media-rights deal were left wanting Tuesday after Commissioner Jim Delany’s appearance at media days.
Delany held to his policy of not confirming dollar amounts for the new contracts signed with Fox and ESPN.
He did acknowledge that the term is six years, and said it’s possible he won’t be around to negotiate another contract when these expire after the 2022-23 season. Delany, entering his 28th year as head of the Big Ten, is 68 years old.
“I have a lot of energy and interest in what’s going on in college sports, from the operational issues, the reform issues and the existential threats,” he said. “So I will be around for a bit.
“Whether I’m around for six years is probably a little bit beyond how I see it.”
Sports Business Journal reported that Fox is expected to pay $240 million annually for half of the Big Ten’s available TV rights, and ESPN $190 million annually for the other half. CBS renewed a basketball-only deal for $10 million a year.
That six-year total of $2.64 billion — plus money from BTN’s deal — is expected to produce $40 million to $50 million per school.
Other notes from Delany’s short session:
» There is no movement to review how the Big Ten divisions are aligned for football. The East Division has been stronger than the West since geographic groupings were created in 2014.
» The Rose Bowl is secure in its New Year’s Day spot in regard to moving the College Football Playoff games to avoid playing on New Year’s Eve.
» The Big Ten isn’t in favor of a conference-wide transfer ban on athletes who have had misconduct issues at other schools, saying legal counsel and study groups indicate a blanket policy isn’t best.