Sources familiar with negotiations said that Time Warner Cable has reached an agreement to carry Big Ten Network, the year-old cable network that is the home of conference athletic teams.

The deal calls for Time Warner to carry the channel on expanded basic on all of its systems in the eight states where Big Ten schools operate.

BTN and Time Warner have been locked in a battle over the station since the network began.

When Comcast, the nation's top video provider reached a deal last spring, an agreement with Time Warner seemed to be a foregone conclusion.

That's not been the case and in recent days negotiations had grown a bit contentious with both sides negotiating through the media.

The deal is expected to be in place in time to air Saturday's game between Ohio State and Youngstown State.

No details of the deal were available.