CBS Sports, Former Big East Agree to Long-Term Rights Deal
CBS Sports and the soon to be renamed Big East Conference have agreed to a new long-term deal with rights through the 2019-20 season. CBS Sports will broadcast the top men’s basketball games from the conference, retaining the right to have the first selections among conference, non-conference, and neutral site games.
The agreement with CBS Sports provides for national exposure for men’s regular-season basketball and up to 12 appearances per year.
“CBS Sports has been a partner of the Big East for 30 years,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. “As the conference enters into a new and exciting era, we are proud to continue our relationship and showcase the conference’s best games.”
“We are delighted to be extending the historic and successful relationship that we have enjoyed with CBS Sports since 1983,” says conference commissioner Mike Aresco. “This agreement further illustrates the excitement and anticipation that surround the re-invention of our Conference, and it will provide our fans across the country the opportunity to watch our games on network television.”
CBS Sports broadcasts an extensive regular-season schedule of college basketball that annually features over 40 games, including conference championships from the Big Ten, Atlantic 10, Mountain West and Conference USA. CBS Sports and Turner Sports combine for exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, providing live, full national coverage of the tournament’s 67 games across four national television networks – CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.