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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Big Ten Formally Announces New Rights Deals Through '23 With ESPN, Fox, CBS

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 25 / 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 yesterday at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, Delany said the conference has settled on six-year deals with the three media partn...

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