Big Ten Networks Gets Deal For Out East
Thursday Jun 26, 2014 12:00am
(UNDATED) - The Big Ten Network and Comcast have finalized an agreement for distribution in New Jersey and Maryland, as the Big Ten prepares to officially welcome new members Rutgers and Maryland on July 1. Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany confirmed the Comcast deal to ESPN.com on Wednesday. BTN announced similar agreements with both Time Warner Cable and Cablevision in May, so the Comcast pact means the network will be available on the three major cable distributors servicing the New York and Washington, D.C., markets. BTN's distribution will slightly vary from state to state, but it will be available to many more Comcast customers rather than appearing strictly on a separate sports tier. Although launch dates aren't finalized, Silverman said all three cable distribution agreements will go into effect before the football season starts in late August. Silverman will try to get distribution deals with smaller cable carriers in the next few months.