The channel lineup for Big Ten Athletics has undergone a channel change. Here is how to watch every Big Ten basketball games this season, all the way through the Big 10 Tournament.
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Watching Big Ten basketball will be confusing for some fans this season after the channel lineups have been switched around to reflect a slate of new TV contracts in college sports.
The Big Ten conference signed a new television contract in 2022 that is rumored to be the richest contract in all of college sports. The new contract establishes which TV stations will air basketball games through 2030. The deal is estimated to be worth $7 billion. The contract will also result in changes to which channels carry Big Ten football games, which we have already covered, here and here.
The deal gives FOX, CBS, and NBC rights to air Big Ten games. ESPN will no longer will carry basketball or football games for teams like Ohio State and Michigan (with the CFP being a notable exception).
The Big Ten Tournament will air on Big Ten Network and the FOX Sports app in the early rounds, and CBS and Paramount+ on the final weekend which precedes March Madness. DIRECTV STREAM “Choice,” Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV all offer full coverage of the Big Ten basketball season from the early tip-offs, through the Big Ten Tournament.
How Many Games Will The Big Ten Network Air?
The Big Ten Network will continue to broadcast NCAA basketball games. The Network expects to show 130 games including more than 75 conference matchups and 10 Big Ten tournaments. In addition to the 130 men’s games, the network will air at least 60 women’s basketball games.
How Many Big Ten Basketball Games Will FOX Air?
Fox and FS1 will carry at least 45 men’s and women’s Big-10 basketball games each season, but it is not clear yet what the breakdown between men’s and women’s coverage will be. Fox is a majority owner in the Big Ten Network and will air Big Ten Network games on the Fox Sports app. Fox will also air the Fox Primetime Sports program on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. ET.
How Many Big Ten Basketball Games Will NBC Air?
NBC will carry 47 games that include 32 men’s conference games and 15 non-conference games along with 20 women’s conference and 10 non-conference games each season. The games will be simulcast on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service.
How Many Big Ten Basketball Games Will CBS Air?
CBS will air men’s post-season tournaments as they have done in years past. For the first time, CBS will also carry the women’s basketball final. The network will air about 300 regular season games between CBS, CBS Sports Network, and Paramount+.
How to Watch the Big Ten Tournament
The first round of the Big Ten basketball tournament can be watched on either the Big Ten Network or FOX Sports app.
The final weekend of the Tournament, broadcast from Indianapolis, will be available on CBS affiliates nationwide, and on Paramount Plus.
How To Watch College Basketball Without Cable
Check back here to find out which games you will be able to watch on a streaming service so you can keep up with your favorite teams even when you don’t have a cable connection. We will show you which streaming services are the best for each game and we will explain how to get the best deal.
In the easy to use table below, we list the full channel lineup for watching college basketball this season, and which streaming services carry each channel.
|Fubo||DIRECTV STREAM||YouTube TV||Hulu + Live TV||Sling TV Blue + Sports Extra||Paramount+|
|Big 10 Network|
|CBS Sports Network|
$74.99 / month
$74.99 / month
$72.99 / month
$69.99 / month
$46 / month
$5.99 / month