ESPN Adds Six Years to SEC/Big 12 Challenge

ESPN, the Southeastern Conference, and the Big 12 Conference have reached a deal to extend the SEC/Big 12 Challenge for six more years.

“We’re thrilled to continue partnering on this unique event with the Big 12 and SEC,” says Nick Dawson, ESPN vice president of programming and acquisitions. “To have teams from two premier conferences square off on one day during the heart of conference play makes for a special event on the college basketball calendar every year.”

“The extension of this preeminent basketball series assures our teams and fans high-quality intersectional match-ups for years to come,” says Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with the SEC and ESPN to deliver these games for the next six years.”

The annual event, in its sixth year, matches all 10 of the Big 12 members against 10 of the 14 programs from the Southeastern Conference. Each conference has the opportunity to host five games every year. The Challenge will continue to be played on a common Saturday bye date during the conference schedule.

“The SEC/Big 12 Challenge has become a date everyone circles on the college basketball calendar. Our fans and teams enjoy the competitive experience and high-quality college basketball,” says SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We are pleased to extend this successful agreement with the Big 12 and ESPN.”