NEW YORK, August 26, 2022 – Proskauer, a leading international law firm, announced today that it advised the Big Ten Conference in its recently-signed historic media rights agreements with CBS, FOX, NBC and NBCUniversal’s Peacock. The agreements include carriage of Big Ten football and men’s and women’s basketball as well as Olympic sports across both traditional over-the-air linear television and direct-to-consumer streaming platforms.
The Big Ten is an association of world-class universities and students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness, and competitiveness. The Big Ten sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013.
The Proskauer team advising the Big Ten Conference was led by Joseph Leccese (Sports Group co-chair and Chairman Emeritus), partner Robert Freeman (Technology, Media & Telecommunications) and associate Benjamin Freeman (Sports Law).
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