Penn State’s annual showdown with Ohio State will venture into new broadcast territory in 2017 — according to a leak on Twitter from WTOL-11 reporter Jordan Strack.
Strack shared a tweet containing an image allegedly obtained from his station’s IT department from a Fox affiliate presentation showing a backdrop littered with the cream of the crop when it comes to college football matchups. Along with Ohio State-Penn State, it seems Fox obtained the rights to ‘The Game’ between Michigan and the Buckeyes.
Looks like FOX is officially getting the Michigan-Ohio State game this year & some other huge matchups. pic.twitter.com/EPC4atvYbz
— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) May 15, 2017
The decision by the network to purchase half of the Big Ten’s media rights comes as a bit of a surprise given Fox’s relative inexperience in the college football spectrum. Broadcasting games — namely Pac-12 and Big 12 contests — on Fox Sports One has given the network an identity within the college football landscape. Branching out into different conferences like the Big Ten and securing top-flight matchups will only bolster the network’s efforts to ascend up the proverbial broadcasting ladder.
Penn State-Ohio State’s departure from the ABC family of networks is yet another loss for ESPN, who’s stake in the game was relinquished upon the apparent news of a changing of the guard in college football television rights. With Fox purchasing half the rights, the Big Ten will reportedly collect upwards of $2.7 billion.
All in the name of the almighty dollar.