The NCAA is planning to stream the Big Ten’s first two games of the season from the comfort of your living room, but some players are still waiting for their first glimpse of their teams.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andre Roberts said he’s excited to see what the NCAA has in store for his team when the Big 12 Conference meets in Dallas next week.
The league is expected to begin streaming games on Friday and Saturday nights, with the Big East Conference and ACC’s two remaining games on ESPN and ESPN2 starting at 8 p.m.
The ACC and Big East have been working out new deals with ESPN, Fox Sports, and CBS to televise their respective conference games.
ESPN is currently streaming games from the ACC and ACC Network to Comcast SportsNet.
“I’m really excited to be able get some of my favorite games to my family,” Roberts said.
“I think that will definitely be a big deal for me.”
Roberts, a 6-foot-4, 208-pound wide receiver from the University of Cincinnati, has already been invited to the Big Dance, which is scheduled for March 11.
The Big 12 has previously streamed games on its network and on ESPN.
The Big Ten also streams its games live through its website and apps.
Roberts said he wants to see more Big 12 games in his backyard because he’s looking forward to watching games live.
“My family has been waiting a while for the Big 10 games to be available,” he said.
“And now that it’s available, they’re going to be a lot of fun.
I can’t wait to see my favorite teams and get to watch them play.
I just hope it’s not too late to get my tickets.”
Roberts and other Big 12 players have been waiting for the league to announce the games and for fans to be allowed to watch the games on the same network.ESPN announced that it has secured the rights to broadcast the first two Big Ten games on Saturday night and Sunday night, which means the Big 11 is likely to have a shot at playing in the first Big 12 Network game in Dallas.
“The Big Ten Network is looking forward in its partnership with ESPN to provide an exciting new way for fans around the country to watch Big Ten football,” ESPN’s senior vice president of programming Tom Hegseth said in a statement.
“ESPN will be the home of the first conference games of 2016, with ESPN2 and ESPNU beginning at 8:30 p.l. on Saturday and Sunday nights, respectively.
ESPN will also be the first major network to televisor all eight Big Ten Championship Games in Dallas.”