The Big Ten has extended their contract with CBS for an additional six seasons, as announced by the conference at its media day this week.
While the Big Ten’s new TV contracts were announced earlier, they were only recently confirmed by the conference. The recent shuffle will see games on Fox, ESPN, BTN and CBS.
Jim Delany makes it official (finally): We have struck six-year deals with CBS in basketball and Fox and ESPN in football.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) July 24, 2017
Unlike the other channels that will also provide football coverage of the Big Ten, CBS will provide basketball only coverage. Of course that’s nothing new as CBS hasn’t covered Big Ten football in prior seasons anyway.
The decision to extend coverage with CBS is a good one, as the games covered by CBS are typically in marquee weekend slots and offer solid viewership.
The new contract with CBS will run through 2023 and will include at least 10 regular season games each season. Besides regular season coverage, CBS will continue to cover the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and championship games.
"Big Ten basketball has been a staple at CBS Sports since 1991 and we're thrilled to continue our relationship with the conference," said Chairman of CBS Sports Sean McManus. "The Big Ten is consistently one of the top basketball conferences annually and a cornerstone of CBS Sports' Championship programming leading into our NCAA Tournament coverage."