The Big Ten, Pac-12 and Rose Bowl announced a 12-year extension with ESPN to televise the game, which continues in its traditional 4 p.m. Central/2 p.m. Pacific time slot on Jan. 1.
“We’re excited that the Rose Bowl Game will continue to be featured on ESPN through 2026,” Big Ten boss Jim Delany said. “The Big Ten and Pac-12 have a tremendous history of exciting matchups on New Year’s Day in Pasadena that dates back more than a century. We look forward to continuing the great tradition of featuring the Rose Bowl Game on ESPN, which has been a Big Ten partner since launching in 1979.”
According to the Big Ten press release, if the Rose Bowl is part of any future playoff structure — which it almost certainly will be — that game is on ESPN. You’ll recall that, when FOX broadcasted the Bowl Championship Series for four years, it did not broadcast any of the Rose Bowl games, or the 2010 national title game between Alabama and Texas played at the Rose Bowl.