Yeah, adding Nebraska to the Big Ten has paid off handsomely.
… Speaking of smart, the Big Ten obviously was wise to add Nebraska and create a title game. It promises to pay for a lot of shoulder pads and lacrosse sticks.
A source said the league’s six-year agreement with Fox Sports will be worth between $20-$25 million per season. At $22 million, divided equally among 12 campuses and the conference office, each school will get $1.7 million richer each year.
The $22 million figure is more than analysts had estimated, given that the SEC title game is believed to be worth $14-$15 million a year…
Fox Sports, hunh. They… wouldn’t, would they? They couldn’t. It’s not something they’d even think about.
Oh yes, they would.
… Fox Sports President Eric Shanks, an Indiana alum who joked he hoped the length of the deal would give the Hoosiers enough time to reach the title game, hailed it as “the biggest new property to come onto the market.”
Shanks said Fox is “a few months away” from deciding on announcers. Charles Davis and Thom Brennaman teamed for Fox’s coverage of its BCS title games.
Brennaman is a top candidate to call the Big Ten title game, although Shanks joked of the native Ohioan: “If Ohio State’s not in it, he might be weeping during the entire broadcast.”
It’s not too late to give the money back, fellas.