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Penn State-Ohio State To Be Televised On Fox In 2017

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.

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.

About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


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