The working relationship between ESPN and Fox is continuing to grow, and as it grows, it gets more and more complicated. The partnership truly began when the network behemoths combined on Pac 12 rights and an offer for the rights to the Big 12. Then, when ESPN re-upped with the Big East, rumors began to swirl that they'd sublicense games to Fox. Now, with the impending announcement of Fox winning the rights to the Catholic 7, there are rumors that Fox will be sublicensing games to ESPN within that deal.
What's going on here? Fox and ESPN are supposed to be bitter rivals and competitors, especially with today's launch announcement of Fox Sports One. John Ourand of Sports Business Journal took a look at the relationship, and the general consensus appears to be that the relationship between the two networks is one of convenience, rather than anything else. In Fox, ESPN has a competitor that doesn't have an established cable base (yet), as opposed to an established (yet floundering) competitor in NBC Sports Network.no comments