Apple remains in the mix for Big 10 streaming rights just as ESPN bows out


Sports Business Journal said on Tuesday the Big Ten was about to deliver huge news regarding future media rights. For the first time in 40 years, ESPN isn’t expected to be a network partner with the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the US What’s unclear is whether Amazon, Apple, or Peacock will secure streaming rights for the conference beginning in 2023.

According to the report (opens in new tab), ESPN has pulled out of Big Ten media rights negotiations. If correct, this will end one of the longest sports media relationships in the business. Instead of ESPN, the Big Ten is expected to add CBS and NBC to its list of broadcasters beginning with the 2023-24 school year. Those two networks will join Fox Sports, which has already secured streaming rights for the conference.

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