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Big Ten could face choice between Fox Sports 1, ESPN

Big Ten could face choice between Fox Sports 1, ESPN

Last week, I wrote a column about the Big Ten’s upcoming negotiations on a TV deal and how the conference might have a choice between staying with ESPN or going with Fox Sports 1 on the cable side. It detailed the risks of leaving the broad reach of ESPN for FS1, which has been struggling to gain a foothold. The ratings from last week’s conference tournaments should provide some interesting perspective for Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. The Big East title game between Villanova, an eventual No. 1 seed, and Xavier averaged 414,000 viewers on FS1. Meanwhile, of the 22 tournament games that aired on ESPN last week, the least-viewed was an ACC second round game on Wednesday...

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