Kirk Herbstreit Reacts To Seeing Big Ten Leave ESPN

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In August, the Big Ten completed a seven-year media rights agreement with Fox, CBS and NBC.

The deal will be effective from July 1, 2023.

During a media session at Ohio State on Friday, ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit was asked about the Big Ten's latest TV contract.

Herbstreet admitted he is disappointed that ESPN won't be calling the Big Ten game as part of the new media rights deal.

"I am sad," said Herbstreit through the eleven warriors.

"I love Ohio State, I love the Big Ten, I love coming to these stadiums.

Obviously, whenever we can come here, or go to Penn State or Wisconsin or any [Big Ten Stadiums], that's a highlight for me.

Herbstreet said he hopes to have another chance at what he calls the Big Ten Games on a weekly basis at some point in the distant future.

"I just signed a new five-year deal with Amazon and ESPN. Five years from now, I don't know what I'll do.

I don't even know if I'll be doing college football in five years.

But my hope is to come back, to have the chance on a weekly basis to call the games in the Big Ten.

That would be my hope."

The Big Ten's media rights contract will run through the end of the 2029-30 athletic year.

Herbstreet will have to enjoy this Big Ten season while he still can.