The Big Ten Conference has reached a media agreement with Fox Sports to serve as the official broadcast partner of its new college football championship game from 2011-16.
The inaugural Big Ten Championship game will be contested in primetime on Dec. 3, 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The winner will earn the Big Ten Championship title and a chance to play in the Rose Bowl or Bowl Championship Series national championship game.
The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, was between the two sides that also partner on the Big Ten Network. Fox Sports' coverage of the championship game will allow the Big Ten Network to play a prominent role at the site of the title tilt, including the possibility of shared talent. In addition to this latest agreement with Fox Sports, the conference currently has media agreements with ABC, ESPN, CBS Sports and CBS College Sports Network.
Fox Sports will promote the Big Ten Championship game across all of its platforms, including FoxSports.com, Fox Sports Radio and during its coverage of major fall sports events, including the NFL and MLB postseason.