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John Ourand

John Ourand covers television and media for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Big Ten Makes Official Rights Deal With ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 24 / 17

More than a year after the Big Ten reached media rights agreements with ESPN, Fox Sports and CBS Sports, Commissioner Jim Delany finally made a formal announcement. Speaking at today’s Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, Delany said the conference has settled on six-year deals with the three media...

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