Fox Sports to Broadcast the first Big Ten Football Championship Games

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Today the Big Ten Conference announced a media
agreement with FOX Sports to serve as official broadcast partner for
the 2011-16 Big Ten Football Championship Games. The inaugural Big Ten
Football Championship Game will be played December 3, 2011, at Lucas Oil
Stadium in Indianapolis, with the winner earning the Big Ten
Championship and a chance to play in the BCS.

FOX Sports, the nation's top-rated network for sports the last 13
consecutive years, has served as the official television home of the
Bowl Championship Series for the 2006-09 seasons and has broadcast the
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic since 1999.

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The network will promote the Big Ten Football Championship Game as
one of the premium sporting events in the country on 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.

"FOX Sports is known for carrying the biggest sporting events in the
country and is a leader in the acquisition, creative production and
cutting-edge promotion of national events. 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. 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, said Big Ten
Commissioner James E. Delany.

"Since our inception in 1994, our goal has been to provide viewers
with the biggest, most prestigious sporting events in America and the
acquisition of the Big Ten Football Championship Game continues that
tradition," said David Hill, Chairman & CEO, FOX Sports Media Group.

The Big Ten Network, a joint venture between the Big Ten Conference
and Fox Networks, is the first internationally distributed network
dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the
country. The network is available to more than 75 million homes across
the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more
than 300 affiliates. FOX Sports' coverage of the Big Ten Football
Championship Game will allow the Big Ten Network to play a prominent
role at the site of the game, including the possibility of shared
talent.

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