Mediacom Renews Big Ten Network Carriage Deal

Mediacom Communications said it has renewed its carriage deal with the Big Ten Network. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Big Ten Network, a joint venture between the Big Ten athletic conference and Fox Networks (which operates the network), provides access to more than 1,000 sporting events each year including football, basketball and numerous Olympic sports. Mediacom is the fifth largest cable operator in the country, serving more than 1.3 million video and broadband customers in the Midwest and Southeast.     

Mediacom -- which is the biggest cable provider in the state of Iowa, home of Big Ten member school the University of Iowa -- was among several cable providers that held out for about a year before launching BTN in 2008.