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The ACC-Big Ten Challenge will soon be a thing of the past.
The historic basketball rivalry series has existed for more than two decades, and has given fans some incredible matchups over the years.
Unfortunately, ESPN has pulled the plug after the 2022 games and will replace it with an ACC-SEC challenge starting in 2023, according to Andy Katz. The Big 12-SEC challenge will also conclude in January.
The Big Ten is bolting from ESPN for a new deal with Fox, CBS and NBC starting this summer. Given the fact ESPN has no ties to the B1G once the 2023 football and basketball seasons get underway, it doesn’t make a ton of sense for the network to promote the conference. After all, it won’t even have rights to B1G home games anymore.
It’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s simply the world we live in. There’s upsides and downsides to massive media deals. A positive is the Big Ten has too much money to spend, and a negative is we lose awesome traditions like this one.
As anyone who is a college basketball fan knows, the ACC-Big Ten Challenge has given us some great moments over the years.
In 2009, Duke went on the road to Wisconsin and got beat by a scrappy and far-outmatched Wisconsin team. The Blue Devils ended up finishing the year with a national title.
Enjoy all the ACC-Big Ten matchups this week because it all comes to an end in a matter of days. Soak it up while it lasts.