The Ivy League signed a 10-year contract wednesday with ESPN, America`s largest multimedia sports platform, making ESPN the exclusive distributor of Ivy League media and broadcasting more than 1,100 interleague competitions a year. This is every conference football, men`s basketball and women`s basketball, in addition to a variety of other Ivy sports competitions. The agreement is expected to begin in the fall of 2018. But despite Brown`s willingness to discuss, negotiations were not easy. Direct action, including a recent car protest in the home of President De Brown, Christina Paxson, was needed to keep up the pressure. The spread of the COVID 19 pandemic posed new challenges; Negotiations were suspended in March. According to Ramamurthy, when the parties resumed negotiations, the tone was “a little different,” with Brown raising new economic concerns. In response, Brown graduates made new proposals on the impact of COVID-19 on assistants for higher education graduates, including a one-year contract extension for PhD students and full coverage of covid-19 health care costs – proposals received in their preliminary agreement. Since the 1982 football season, the Ivy League has played in the I-AA division (renamed FCS in 2006).   Ivy League teams are allowed for the FCS tournament to determine the national champion, and the winner of the league is for an automatic requirement (and any other team can qualify for a large selection) of the NCAA.
However, since its inception in 1956, the Ivy League has not played matches after the season because it was concerned about the impact of the expanded December plan on academics. (The last postseason game for a member was 86 years ago, the 1934 Rose Bowl, won by Columbia.)   That is why any Ivy League team that has been invited to the FCS playoffs refuses the offer. The Ivy League plays a rigorous schedule of 10 games, compared to other fcS schedule members of 11 (or, in some seasons, 12) regular season games, more playoffs, which was extended in 2013 to five rounds with 24 teams, with a week of bye for the top eight teams.