Big Ten Network article from Indy Star
This supplements the existing contracts with ESPN/ABC, CBS, etc. Instead of lesser games being only on local channels (ESPN Plus) or not at all, they will now be shown on BTN. An example from the article- Indiana Football will be shown on BTN six or seven times. This year, I think we were only on TV 2 or 3 times all year, not even making ESPN+ some weeks. This will actually increase the exposure for the weaker teams, nationally as well since it is going to be on DirecTV, at least. I can see a market such as LA carrying it as well, considering the Rose Bowl tie-in.
From the Chicago Tribune
Big Ten Network Mark Silverman indicated that while ABC will get the first pick of conference football games this year, “there will be many weeks when the Big Ten Network will have the second or third selection over ESPN and ESPN2.” Silverman added he is “very confident all the deals will get done” with MSOs in the Big Ten footprint (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/19).