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Nittany Lions & Buckeyes Deliver Big Ratings For Fox

” According to the network, the game was their highest rated college football telecast of the season.”

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Saturday’s college football matchup between the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions garnered big ratings for FOX. According to the network, the game was their highest rated college football telecast of the season. 

This season, FOX began presenting a marquee Big Ten game in the noon ET timeslot each week. Centering the game around their newly created Big Noon Kickoff, the goal was to create a pregame show that could challenge ESPN’s College Gameday.  

FOX earned ratings victories in the time slot a few times this season, but no game brought in a bigger audience than Saturday’s matchup between Ohio State and Penn State.

The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions viewership numbers beat the season’s previous high for their Big Noon time slot, which occurred in September when Michigan and Wisconsin scored a 5.4 rating. The most watched college football game on any network so far this season was the Nov. 9 matchup between Alabama and LSU, which drew a 9.7 rating.

Next week, FOX will feature Ohio State and Michigan for their Big Noon Kickoff matchup. With the Buckeyes aiming for the College Football Playoff and the Wolverines looking to play spoiler, FOX will expect a big ratings number again.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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ESPN Will Honor Vin Scully By Airing Iconic 1988 World Series Game 1 Tonight

ESPN will air an encore presentation of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scull

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ESPN will air an encore presentation of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully. The network will air the game tonight, August 3 at 8pm ET on ESPN2.

The 1988 World Series was between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics. Scully was on the call for the classic game which is notable for an injured Kirk Gibson coming off the bench and hitting a walk-off home run.

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Matthew Berry Joins NBC Sports

Berry is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show.

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Matthew Berry, the fantasy football expert that helped to elevate the niche to mainstay programming surrounding the football season, is joining NBC Sports.

Berry, who left ESPN less than a month ago, is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show, sources told The New York Post. The show might go against Fantasy Football Now, his previous show that airs on ESPN2.

The show is also expected to be on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, as well as possibly on some NBC affiliates. Berry could also make appearances on Sunday Night Football.

NBC Sports declined comment.

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NBC Pushing for Big Ten/NFL Primetime Pairing in Media Rights Deal

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

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Big Ten media rights negotiations are getting closer to being completed. The results could mean a minimum of $1.25 billion annual distribution for the conference’s soon-to-be sixteen members. One of the bidders in the process, NBC, has an interesting idea to make the Big Ten the “NFL of college football conferences.”

NBC has reportedly pushed the idea of combining Big Ten broadcasts with its existing Notre Dame coverage and would feature the Big Ten in its primetime window. With CBS, ESPN/ABC also bidding on coverage packages, such a series of deals would make the Big Ten the only college football conference that would be seen across all of the American broadcast networks. Something only few entities have done, like the NFL.

NBC is also pushing the allure of having primetime Big Ten football on Saturday night and primetime coverage of Sunday’s only NFL evening game with Sunday Night Football.

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

The Big Ten’s current media rights deals expire after the 2023 season.

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