It took a little longer than expected, but the Big Ten has finalized a media agreement for its new football championship game.
FOX Sports will broadcast the Big Ten title game from 2011-16, beginning with the inaugural contest on Dec. 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The first football championship will air in prime time.
The Big Ten already had partnered with Fox Networks when launching the Big Ten Network, and Fox holds a minority share in BTN. According to a news release, FOX Sports and the Big Ten Network could share on-air talent in the coverage of the championship game.
"Big Ten sports have achieved broad coverage in the American sports landscape through agreements with ABC, ESPN, CBS Sports, CBS College Sports Network and the Big Ten Network," commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. "We look forward to the addition of FOX Sports, which is committed to promoting Big Ten football and will air the Big Ten Championship Games to more than 115 million homes."