Compass Media Networks and Learfield Sports announced a multiyear extension where Compass keeps first right of refusal to air any Learfield Sports home football and men’s basketball games, retains the exclusive national radio rights to broadcast The Big Ten Football Championship Game and the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and will air expanded coverage of regular season men’s basketball and football games.
Learfield is the exclusive broadcast and sports marketing partner to over 50 of the nation’s leading colleges and universities including Alabama, , Boise State, Indiana University, Iowa, NC State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of North Carolina, Wisconsin and the Big Ten Conference.
Compass will have the right to select any home game from Learfield partner schools to broadcast nationally. The exact number of games has yet to be determined, but the new agreement calls for a minimum of 20 football and 20 men’s basketball games to be broadcast. Compass will then produce a unique, national, play-by-play broadcast of these games including the Big Ten Football Championship Game and the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Compass Media Networks,” said Greg Brown, Learfield CEO. “Compass provides our schools with tremendous national exposure to fans nationwide.”
“Learfield Sports has been a wonderful partner,” said Peter Kosann, Compass CEO. “We are honored to continue this partnership and will continue to expand the breath and depth of our coverage.”