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Comcast reaches deal with Big Ten

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Finally, the Big Ten Network and Comcast Corp. reached a deal. The BTN and the Philadelphia-based cable carrier announced a multiyear agreement Thursday for programming that starts Aug. 15 on expanded basic cable in states with Big Ten schools: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Comcast doesn't have any subscribers in Iowa, the eighth Big Ten state. Outside these states, Comcast has the option to move the channel on its Sports Entertainment Package and other tiers.