or


[03/19/13 - 10:01 AM]
ESPN and Current Big East Conference Agree to Multiyear Rights Agreement
The agreement grants ESPN exclusive worldwide distribution rights across all media of the conference's football, basketball and more through 2019-20.

[via press release from ESPN]

ESPN and Current Big East Conference Agree to Multiyear Rights Agreement

ESPN and the current Big East Conference, soon to be renamed, will continue their relationship of more than three decades with a multiyear, multimedia rights agreement. The agreement grants ESPN exclusive worldwide distribution rights across all media and will continue ESPN's coverage of the conference's football, basketball and more through 2019-20. In addition, video subscribers of ESPN will have access to the games via digital and mobile devices.

ESPN's existing football agreement with the conference runs through 2013 while the 2013-14 season will act as a bridge year for the conference's basketball rights. Commencing in 2014-15, football, basketball and other sports will be under one agreement through 2019-20 granting ESPN rights to all conference contests (not included in CBS's basketball rights package) including at least 66 football games and 170 men's basketball games which will be made available annually across ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN3, and via limited regional and national sublicense. In addition, select women's basketball regular-season and postseason contests as well as other conference-sponsored sports will be presented throughout the year.

"This agreement signifies our commitment to ensuring superior content across any device for many more years," said John Skipper, ESPN President. "Sports fans everywhere, including the schools' most passionate followers, will enjoy our extensive multi-sport offerings."

Commissioner Mike Aresco said, "I am delighted that the current Big East Conference, which will be renamed and rebranded, will be partnering with ESPN well into the future," said Aresco. "The extraordinary exposure provided by the ESPN networks will give viewers the opportunity to see the exciting competition and intense rivalries that will characterize our Conference."

Included in the new agreement:

FOOTBALL

Complete coverage: Every conference-controlled football game will be available via a television or digital platform.

BASKETBALL

Complete Coverage: Every conference-controlled men's basketball game will be available via a television or digital platform.

Conference Championship: The conference championship will be televised on ABC or ESPN.

Women's Basketball: Conference-controlled women's basketball regular-season games will appear on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and/or ESPN3. The championship of the conference tournament will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2, with the semifinals on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

OTHER SPORTS

ESPN will have the rights to action from other conference-sponsored men's and women's sports such as baseball and softball.

ESPN OUTLETS: Rights include conference content featured across ESPN entities including exclusive live games on ESPN3. In addition, fans will be able to find select action on ESPN Deportes, ESPN International and more. All conference programming on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will be available online via ESPNnetworks.com and on mobile devices via the Watch ESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription through an affiliated provider.

LIMITED SUBLICENSING

ESPN can sublicense conference games across all sports for regional and national distribution.

ESPN, Inc.

ESPN, Inc., is the world's leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of more than 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of eight U.S. 24-hour television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPN 3D and Longhorn Network) and five HD simulcast services (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes). Other businesses include ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (35 networks, syndication, radio, digital), ESPN Radio (broadcast, satellite, digital, a growing category led by ScoreCenter), ESPN.com (plus a variety of sport-, college-, and market-specific sites), ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Enterprises and espnW. Multi-screen offerings include WatchESPN (access to several ESPN networks online and via an app), ESPN3 (live multi-screen network available online, on the go and via Xbox LIVE) and ESPN Mobile (mobile Web, mobile TV and video, apps, alerts and messaging). Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN is 80 percent owned by A

BC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.





  [march 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[01/24/17 - 12:35 PM]
"Nashville" on CMT Ratings Surge Nearly 20% Since Premiere
CMT further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[01/24/17 - 12:16 PM]
"The Leftovers" Returns for Final Season April 16
The new season of the Peabody Award-winning show finds the Garvey and Murphy families coming together as they desperately grasp for a system of belief to help better explain that which defies explanation.

[01/24/17 - 10:14 AM]
ICARUS, The Real-Life Story of How an Amateur Cyclist Exposed Russia's Olympic Doping Program, Coming Exclusively to Netflix
Premiering to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, ICARUS takes viewers on an improbable odyssey that starts out in the world of amateur cycling and ends up upsetting the Olympics world order.

[01/24/17 - 10:01 AM]
TNT's Hit Series "The Librarians" Renewed for Season Four
The fourth season is slated to begin later this year.

[01/24/17 - 09:21 AM]
Bravo Media's Emmy Award-Winning "Inside the Actors Studio" Welcomes Cuba Gooding, Jr. on Thursday, February 2 at 8PM ET/PT
The Academy Award-winning actor sits down with host Lipton to delve into his boisterous Hollywood career.

[01/24/17 - 08:56 AM]
1.85 Million Viewers Tune in for Tito Ortiz - Chael Sonnen Main Event on Spike TV
Spike TV spins the numbers for Saturday, January 21.

[01/24/17 - 08:51 AM]
Super Bowl Champion Greg Jennings Joins FOX Sports
"We've been fortunate to have Greg on as a guest across many of our studio shows and have been incredibly impressed by his insight and ability to speak on a wide variety of topics," said Whit Albohm.

[01/24/17 - 08:30 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, "The Bachelor" Win Demo Race Once Again
Plus: "Quantico" rises in its new Monday home for the Alphabet.

[01/24/17 - 08:19 AM]
Science Channel Explores Subterranean Mysteries in All-New Series "Secrets of the Underground" Premiering Tuesday, February 14 at 10 PM ET/PT
In the new Science Channel series, scientist and tech fanatic Rob Nelson travels the country to investigate long lost, subterranean phenomena.

[01/24/17 - 08:01 AM]
Video: Welcome to Santa Clarita - New Featurette from Netflix Original Series Premiering February 3
The all new featurette gives a peak inside the lives of the Hammonds - a mild mannered family on a collision course down a road of death and destruction.

[01/24/17 - 07:05 AM]
WWE(R) Superstar John Cena(R) to Host "Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards," Live on Saturday, March 11, 2017
With stunts and surprises at every turn, the show will air live from USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles and will be seen by kids around the globe on Nickelodeon channels in more than 180 countries and territories.

[01/24/17 - 06:43 AM]
Bravo Media Renews "Top Chef" for Season 15 and Sets Out on a Nationwide Call for Chefs
This year's chef meet and greets will take place by appointment at restaurants of alumni and friends of "Top Chef" in Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

[01/23/17 - 06:55 PM]
Netflix Takes Worldwide Rights to Joe Piscatella's Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
The film, which is a June Pictures production, will launch globally later this year, simultaneously to Netflix's over 93 million members in 190 countries.

[01/23/17 - 05:14 PM]
Netflix Acquires Worldwide Rights to The Incredible Jessica James at 2017 Sundance Film Festival
The movie will be branded as a Netflix original film and launch globally this year simultaneously to Netflix's over 93 million viewers in 190 countries.

[01/23/17 - 02:52 PM]
Jenn Brown Joins Spike's Multi-Platform Coverage of Bellator MMA
In this newly created role, Brown will host Bellator's online fight coverage and provide updates as well as conduct interviews during the live telecasts.