Comcast customers could miss out on BTN and FS1 football games this fall
CHICAGO—Comcast users could soon miss out on Big Ten sports on both FS1 and the Big Ten Network, which could affect fans' viewing of the Minnesota Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers football games.
Fox-owned BTN has had a deal with Comcast for 10 years, but the contract expires Aug. 31. FS1's contract will expire the same time. According to the president of BTN and Fox Sports, Mark Silverman, there is a real fear a contract may not be re-signed.
"BTN and FS1 have made proposals to Comcast dating back to February, and we've had no substantive response at all. As a result, we believe BTN and those games that are on FS1 are in danger of not being carried on Comcast this coming season," said Silverman at Big Ten Media Days.
"So we are letting people know this to alert Comcast subscribers of this very real possibility they may lose these games."
As of right now, there are 20 football games set to air on the Big Ten Network and 16 games on FS1. Six of those 16 games feature Big Ten teams.
The Holiday Bowl is also scheduled to air on FS1 Dec. 31. The bowl game has featured a Big Ten team every year since 2014.