Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Fox touts having 2017 Ohio State-Michigan game

Fox touts having 2017 Ohio State-Michigan game

Many of college football fans favorite announcing teams work for ESPN, and with the new TV deal Big Ten fans will be hearing less of them throughout the fall as rights will now be split between ESPN and FOX.

The Spartans originally were planning to play at Florida, but Michigan State officials confirmed on Tuesday that game will be pushed back to the 2018-19 season.

Ohio State will be aired on Fox this year, according to several reports, the first time since 1986 "The Game" won't be shown on ABC or ESPN.

The graphic noted other headlining games for Big Ten teams to be carried by Fox, such as Michigan State-Notre Dame and Ohio State-Penn State.

Interestingly enough, Fox also managed to get both MI head coach Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on board for a video call at the upfronts to help sell this game to advertisers.

Michigan-Ohio State was the biggest draw of 2016 other than Bowl games with 16.8 million viewers. But Fox didn't pay top dollar ($240 million a year for the next six years) just for the privilege of broadcasting Purdue and Minnesota. That's probably not going to happen again, but it's not like Fox is a hard network to find.

The Game picked up a crazy-high rating a year ago, cracking a 10.4 overnight rating on ABC. Plenty of folks will be able to watch the game.

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