The money river keeps on rolling.

For all the glum talk about ESPN’s future, it didn’t stop Mickey from shelling out more than a billion dollars over the next six years for the second half of the Big Ten’s media rights package.

The $2.64 billion deals with Fox, ESPN and CBS average $440 million per year and nearly triple the amount ESPN and CBS had been paying for the same programming. ESPN signed a 10-year deal worth $100 million annually in 2006 — a payout that increased to $150 million this year due to the addition of Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers to the conference. CBS paid an average of around $6 million for its current basketball-only deal.

The deal does not include Big Ten Network’s package of rights, which runs to 2031-32.

I suspect the SEC is paying attention.  Unfortunately, its contracts aren’t up for rebidding for a few years.  Unless something comes up, like conference expansion (again)…



Filed under Big Ten Football, ESPN Is The Devil, It's Just Bidness

12 responses to “The money river keeps on rolling.

  1. That’s (money) what will drive expansion, and not the common sense of geography.


  2. watcher16

    Would conference realignment/a 9-game conference schedule be enough to warrant contract re-negotiations?


  3. DawgPhan

    Didnt slive sign some extremely long contract for tv rights?


  4. Don in Mar-a-Lago


  5. @gatriguy

    There is no where left to expand. Missouri was already a ridiculous reach, as it didn’t fit geographically or culturally (A&M kinda works I suppose, but Clemson and VT seemed like much better fits to me the last time around).


  6. Will Trane

    SEC should go to a one year deal on all sports re TV and digital viewing rights.
    Disney and ESPN have huge image issues.


  7. HVL Dawg

    Evita fan? At least we know how that ended.


  8. Rusty

    The D.A. is speaking for himself about the a.c. His fat ass may be laid up under it, but lots of people work in the weather. Not that it makes any difference, just sayin’.


  9. mp

    I swear there were a couple new articles up this morning. But they disappeared while I was on an airplane.