Fox Withdraws Bid to Carry BCS Games After 2009
The Fox Network announced today that it will withdraw its bid to carry the BCS games after 2009. It appears that ESPN/ABC, who outbid Fox by $25 million, will end up winning the bidding war and getting the rights to carry the games. Fox currently airs four of the five bowl games: the Fiesta, Sugar, and Orange Bowls, and the National Championship game.
ESPN/ABC, who appears to be the leading contender to get the games, currently has a separate contract to air the Rose Bowl. With a purchase of the other four game rights, they would air every big BCS bowl game and possibly become the leader in NCAA D-I Football broadcasting.
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