Big 12, ESPN agree to rights deal that gives football title game home through 2024
The rights agreement between the Big 12 and ESPN has been significantly expanded after the sides reached an agreement that gives the network content — and the league added revenue and stability — through 2024-25.
The agreement calls for either ESPN or ABC to broadcast the conference's football championship game through 2024, adding three additional games (2019, 2021 and 2023) that Fox had recently declined to pick up.
The agreement also brings hundreds of additional games — including football and basketball — to ESPN+, the network's subscription sports streaming service.
That includes Big 12-branded programming on the service, which will begin at the start of the 2019-20 season.
Oklahoma and Texas, due to their existing third-tier rights agreements, will not be included in that offering, though will be featured as road teams.
The first year, games from Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State will appear on the platform. Iowa State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia will join the lineup in 2020-21.
"Our institutions are thrilled with the exposure all 10 athletics programs will receive through this Big 12-branded offering," Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release. "Our goal was to be forward thinking in the use of technology to create a conference-branded platform and believe this partnership ideally positions the Big 12 now and into the foreseeable future."
Fans can subscribe to the service at http://www.espnplus.com.