The Big Ten has a contract with ESPN for 41 games and a regional TV contract with the Big Ten Network (BTN), a FOX Sports Media Group & Big Ten joint venture. Under the contracts:
- Up to 17 games on ABC
- Up to 25 games on ESPN/ESPN2
- Every team guaranteed two appearances on BTN, with one appearance being a conference game
For selection order, ABC has the first selection of games every week. Most weeks ESPN/ESPN2 will have the next set of game choices, followed by BTN. BTN will be able to leapfrog ESPN and/or ESPN2 on select weekends.
Starting with 2011, ABC has given up exclusivity in the 3:30pm telecast window. BTN will now be allowed to schedule games during the 3:30pm time slot if it desires.
FOX Sports, under a separate contract, has the rights to the conference championship game. These rights started in 2011 and will end after the 2016 championship game.