The Big 12 have a pair of contracts with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group. Both contracts
expire after the 2024-25 athletic year.
The ESPN deal allows for 23 games per year starting in 2016. Games can air on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and Longhorn Network (see note below re: LHN). FOX's deal is for up to 40 games per year to place games on FOX, FS1, FSN
and FOX College Sports. A minimum of six of FSMG's games must appear on FOX with another six on FS1. Overall,
a minimum of 25 games must air on ABC, ESPN, FOX and FS1.
In even numbered years, FOX will retain the top choice of Big 12 games each week and in odd numbered years, ESPN will retain the top choice each week.
Individual institutions will retain the rights to at least one game not aired by
ABC or FSMG, allowing those institutions to explore other avenues to televising
those games. Institutions can elect to return their institutional game to FOX for
their package to televise.
Regarding Longhorn Network, one Texas game per year airing on the network counts
as an institutional game, like all other Big 12 schools. Any subsequent Texas games
airing on Longhorn Network will count towards the ESPN contract.