Finally, after a year of haggling, the Big Ten Network announced its multi year deal with Comcast and clearly this was a no go a year ago at this time. The Big Ten Network wanted $1.10 per month per customer-- it has settled for 70 cents, but that of course will be passed on to Comcast customers. But is the deal all that great for the Comcast subscribers? The deal allows for this next football and basketball season to have the Big Ten Network placed on its expanded tier, which many people now have. But after basketball season next March, Comcast is free to place it on its digital service, which of course costs more. Comcast likely will jack the price at that time, move the Big Ten Network to digital service and force customers to purchase other channels at a higher cost. The Big Ten fought this last year, but obviously, after a season of tumult with Midwest fans, the Conference gave in and took the best deal it could get. Other cable companies are still in negotiations and I'm told that negotiations are still ongoing that no done deals are in the immediate works.
And channel ten will continue to carry Notre Dame football home games through the 2015 season after a deal was extended today with NBC. The network paid $9 million per season in the past-- who knows what the school gets now after producing its lowest ratings since the merger of the two back in 1991. NBC does not care as much about ratings because it pays the school a flat fee. This fall's Michigan State game will be played in East Lansing, so NBC will not carry it.
A reminder-- channel ten carries Saturday's 7pm Lugnuts vs. Fort Wayne game. It's our annual telecast and is always fun. We don't treat it like some hardcore baseball game, although the production work is excellent. There is a fireworks show scheduled afterward.