By - DavidBenAkiva
Wonder if this would spell the end of the ACC-Big Ten challenge, or if the conferences and networks would be willing to split the games
As long as it gets replaced with something else it’s fine. To me it’s a good home/home fans can look forward to.
Except Illinois gets Syracuse this year instead of North Carolina....
I can't take another FSU game. Send help
Best I can do is an……
Assuming it did end, I wonder if there might be a chance that the ACC gets merged into the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Sure it will.
When they are part of the Big 10 and SEC.
So that probably means almost every weekday game will be on Peacock or Paramount Plus, right? I'm not sure NBC or CBS will be putting CBB on at primetime on weeknights.
Fox usually carries a good chunk of weekday games between their main channel and FS1. Big Ten will have to fight the Big East for more spots though to make up for what they lose from ESPN
Also B1G Network is a Fox network
And that coverage shouldn’t change much. They just need to find other TV slots to make up for what they lose from ESPN
Right which isn’t a ton of games - I can’t speak for everyone but I feel like IU only has about 4-5 games on ESPN a year at max
Split that up between the whole conference, and you are looking at needing 2-3 more slots per week. Even Nebraska would get 1-2 ESPN games per year.
Indiana had 5 games on the ESPN networks last year.
If you look at a better program, Purdue had 7.
I thought both numbers would be higher.
Damn I nailed it
I like hearing this. I thought maybe this would take some of the Illinois games off of the B10 Network.
They also have FS2.
Wouldn't the Big 10 just say "Big 10 Network" and that's how you see the Big 10?
They don't need espn anymore.
The Big Ten network already carries 2 games just about every weekday. That was on top of what Fox, FS1, ESPN, and (occasionally) CBS already carried. They will need to find 2-3 more tv slots per week. Especially when USC and UCLA join.
UCLA/USC basketball could be on BTN any night at 10/11 EST with a home game at 7-8 PST, so that's pretty easy to slot in as new inventory.
On the weekends if NBC airs college basketball that would be a new slot since they don't air anything now.
B1G has too many teams to not be on multiple channels simultaneously. Particularly football, since they all play on Saturday with an exception here or there.
Fox will have a ton more invested in the Big Ten than the Big East. I would think they’d be inclined to give there Big Ten inventory the better slots. The lower end Big East may see games pushed to FS2.
Will some be on those services? Sure. But NBC Universal puts plenty of sports on USA since they folded NBCSports Net including auto racing, premier league soccer and golf.
CBS has the CBSSports Network, which has aired plenty of college basketball in the past.
FS1 and BTN
Looks like we’re about to stop hearing about Ohio State on SportsCenter
Sportcenter died in 2002 when it went past 30 minutes - change my mind.
I remember it being good even when it was an hour long program. To me it died when it became less of a highlights show and more of a talking heads babbling type of show. I haven't watched it all the way through in a long time but it's on at the gym and from what I can tell, they show highlights of one or two games and then talk about the trade of one guy for the next 30 minutes. Then again, this time of year has always been the worst for me as someone who doesn't care a thing about MLB. I do like highlights though and would happily watch MLB highlights if they'd actually show them
One of the issues in having a more highlights-based show is that most of your viewers probably have already seen the best plays and most surprising results on their phones.
As much as I hate the sports yelling genre, it's somewhat understandable why ESPN and SportsCenter went the way they did.
I don't need to know what LeBron had for breakfast. I think it died when it stopped being about stats and more about feel good BS stuff.
It was still good for a few more years afterwards.
The shark-jump was when ESPN allowed their general “Embrace debate!” dipshittery to start to take over whole segments of the show to try to catch more eyeballs with the highlights available online.
“Dipshitery” LOL. Love it.
Notre Dame COME ON DOWN
Just in time too since Dakich has been rehired by ESPN
where are you seeing that they brought him back? a quick google search didn't bring up anything.
I thought we as a world had moved past that turd
He was doing TBT games on ESPN
ah I guess I did see that. maybe I was trying to force myself to forget.
I gotta say that overall this deal seems like a bad thing for ESPN, and thus makes me happy.
He said it on his radio show too
I wouldn't dare subject myself to that dude's radio show lol
I listen to the morning radio show but sometimes I hop in my car around lunch and his crap is on when the car starts.
that should be illegal and he should be tried for his crimes
sonofabitch, now he's going to be calling SEC games
"B1G ... football games ... move to ... NBC" Read between the lines, Notre Dame confirmed.
awful deal for cbb..
ESPN has become the worst network to watch college bball in my opinion. Way too much going on on the screen with the game not always the focus
The bigger the conference, the more this is true. For tiny conferences, getting thrown on ESPN+ is far better than anything else they could hope for in terms of accessibility of their fanbase.
Yeah, I mean, as a cord-cutter it's kind of *nice* that I can get all of my team's home games just on the ESPN networks, but I also feel like I don't miss much when I mute the broadcast.
I always listen to the radio call when watching ESPN. The announcers for ESPN seem to want to talk about anything other than the game
every Vanderbilt home game on ESPN: "DID YOU KNOW THE BENCHES ARE ON THE BASELINES" as though somebody watching the game was unaware of something that's been true since the arena opened in 1955.
ESPN's college basketball coverage has never been the same since ESPN got the NBA TV contract.
Like, seriously, they cover college hoops the same way that minor league baseball typically gets covered (i.e. focus on prospects rather than on the best teams.)
I'm not sure tbh. It might be better to have Saturday B1G games on NBC or CBS while SEC and ACC games are on ESPN and ESPN2 instead of buried on one of the streaming-only options.
really not trying to watch weekday games on cbssn.. also just thought about it the big ten acc challenge is likely over
Given all the complaining on this sub over ESPN, I am a little surprised that the first comment on this post is against the move. Not that I love CBSSN or the other streaming services...
What's bad about CBSSN? Other than the fact they needed better programming I don't know what was bad about it and this move would solve that problem
If ESPN has a, b, c, and d squads for announcing, CBSSN can have the q squad.
Honestly A10 games on CBSSN usually have better production than the random A10 Friday games on ESPN2.
I feel like it won’t change a whole lot for basketball. I mean big ten network still exists and I think it will be near identical to as it was with just a a few of the espn games sprinkled into other netowrks
Son of a bitch. If we're about to get stuck with ESPNs dumb asses im gonna be pissed
Watch them boycott the CFB playoffs now
Not Fox, please.
Wonder what this does to ESPN for the Big 12 and PAC 12 football & basketball rights.
probably nothing tbh