Big Ten Network and Charter reach deal

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Another segment of Big Ten fans won't be left in the dark as Big Ten Network and Charter Communications are finalizing an agreement. This will have the biggest impact in Wisconsin -- Charter is the main provider in Madison, the home of the Badgers -- as well as in portions of Michigan.

From a news release:

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) and the Big Ten Network have reached an agreement-in-principle on terms of a multi-year distribution agreement in which Charter will carry the Big Ten Network and related programming throughout the Big Ten territory, including its systems in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Northern Illinois. Big Ten Network and Charter are currently working together in an attempt to ensure that the majority of these same systems can launch the network on its expanded basic level of service in time for Saturday's Big Ten college football openers.