Ben Gabbe

Comcast and the Big Ten Network are in a carriage dispute.  One which may cause some viewers who use the cable company as their provider to miss Big Ten football games on BTN and Fox Sports 1 come the end of August.

Mark Silverman, president of BTN and Fox Sports, spoke at Big Ten media days Tuesday about the issue: "BTN and FS1 have made proposals to Comcast dating back to February, and we’ve had no substantive response at all. As a result, we believe BTN and those games that are on FS1 are in danger of not being carried on Comcast this coming season.  So we are letting people know this to alert Comcast subscribers of this very real possibility they may lose these games.”

Back in the spring, Comcast dropped BTN for all non-Big Ten TV markets.

At the end of August, a 10-year agreement BTN had with Comcast will end, as well as an agreement between FS1 and the cable provider that allows the channel to carry certain Big Ten games.

BTN and FS1 are expected to televise approximately 60 games this fall, according to Silverman.