FOX Allegedly Considering Giving Up 2009 BCS Television Rights

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


FOX is out of the BCS game following next season's set of games, with the games moving to ESPN in 2010, and there are rumors circulating the Sports World that the network is interested in selling of its rights for 2009. Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution....

Remember that back in 2007 FOX jumped into the BCS sweepstakes and took it away from ABC by paying $80 million a year. When the contract came up for bid last year, ESPN outbid FOX by putting up $125 million a year for 2010-13. FOX has one more season, 2009, on its current deal to televise the BCS games. But there are some rumblings that FOX could sell those 2009 rights to ESPN if the Worldwide Leader made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. Because the BCS championship game is being hosted by the Rose Bowl this season, it will be on ABC, of which ESPN is a part. Stay tuned on this one.
Any other year, this move would probably cost ESPN too much, but with the "Leader" airing the Championship game in the Rose Bowl....it actually might be too good a situation to pass up. Again, this is all just speculation, but not all that far-fetched given the timing of everything in 2009.

Speaking of the BCS: Will FOX Sports televise the final year of its contract? (AJC)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 1:13 PM

6 Comments:

That would be amazing.

The sooner I don't have to look at band shots every break, the better.

Bazooka Jones said...
Mar 18, 2009, 1:17:00 PM  

Screw it all. Right now, I can't differentiate between Division I college football and WWE anyway. A playoff is needed.

Brad James said...
Mar 18, 2009, 1:24:00 PM  

Brad James' constant complaining about this is more annoying than Joe Buck.

GMoney said...
Mar 18, 2009, 1:28:00 PM  

Note to self: Must update Official Awful Announcing Mad Libs.

T-hom Brennaman is somewhere quietly sobbing into a Tebow jersey over these BCS rumors.

Mar 18, 2009, 1:33:00 PM  

RJBO! How dare you say such a thing! You must have never spent 15 minutes with Tim Tebow. I did, and I know that I am forever a better person. In fact, I'm flying out to Taiwan tomorrow to perform the most admirable community service anyone has ever attempted!

/Sarcasm

JFein said...
Mar 18, 2009, 2:28:00 PM  

We need Sean McDonough more than we need Thom Brennamen. Has he responded to anything that anyone has said about him?

Nathan Brice said...
Mar 18, 2009, 8:23:00 PM  

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