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[06/27/24 - 08:01 AM]
Big East Announces New Media Rights Agreement
FOX Sports, the Big East's television partner for the last 11 years, will continue as the conference's lead network provider, with NBC Sports and TNT Sports also providing comprehensive Big East basketball coverage for the first time.

[via press release from Warner Bros. Discovery]

BIG EAST Announces New Media Rights Agreement

Conference Features Broad National Broadcast, Cable and Streaming Coverage For BIG EAST Basketball

FOX Sports Continues as Lead Partner with NBC Sports and TNT Sports Joining BIG EAST Media Roster for the First Time

NEW YORK - The BIG EAST Conference announced today a new six-year media rights agreement that will ensure that the league maintains its position as one of the most televised conferences in all of college athletics. FOX Sports, the BIG EAST's television partner for the last 11 years, will continue as the conference's lead network provider, with NBC Sports and TNT Sports also providing comprehensive BIG EAST basketball coverage for the first time. The agreement was unanimously approved by the Presidents of the BIG EAST's 11 member institutions.

The new agreement, which will span from 2025-26 through 2030-31, encompasses coverage on FOX Sports (FOX, FS1, FS2), NBC Sports (NBC, Peacock) and TNT Sports (TNT, TBS, truTV and Max). The agreement will provide major national broadcast, cable and direct-to-consumer streaming coverage of BIG EAST men's and women's basketball games and Olympic sport championship contests. The BIG EAST's current agreement with FOX Sports is scheduled to expire after the 2024-25 academic year.

FOX Sports will feature at least 80 BIG EAST men's and women's basketball contests across the regular season and postseason beginning in 2025-26. In addition, the FOX broadcast network will remain the home of the BIG EAST Men's Tournament Final through 2031.

Peacock will launch its coverage of BIG EAST men's basketball in 2024-25 with a package of 25 regular season games and five early round and quarterfinal conference tournament games. Beginning with the 2025-26 season, Peacock and NBC Sports will present more than 60 men's and women's regular season and BIG EAST Tournament games.

TNT Sports will feature more than 65 regular season BIG EAST basketball games airing on TNT - as its primary network - along with TBS, truTV and Max, beginning with the 2025-26 season.

"Our new agreement that provides coverage by FOX Sports, NBC Sports and TNT Sports will allow the BIG EAST to maintain our already high level of national broadcast and cable exposure while adding first-time streaming coverage for men's basketball games and expanded distribution of games on the women's basketball side," said Creighton University President and BIG EAST Conference Board of Directors Chair Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD. "The arrangement will provide enhanced revenue and long-term stability for the conference, create benefits for our student-athletes, and allow us to remain nationally competitive in our marquee sport: basketball. We are especially excited to continue our one-of-a-kind relationship with FOX Sports and look forward to building on the exceptional foundation we have established together over the past 11 years."

"Everyone at FOX Sports is thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with the BIG EAST, one of the nation's top basketball conferences and a pillar of our college hoops lineup," said Eric Shanks, CEO & Executive Producer, FOX Sports. "It's a privilege to showcase these spectacular student-athletes and institutions alongside our new partners, NBC Sports and TNT Sports, while also fortifying our role as a leader in college sports."

"BIG EAST Basketball is among the most prestigious in all of college sports, and we're proud to be able to feature the men's and women's teams across our NBCUniversal platforms," said Rick Cordella, President, NBC Sports. "The BIG EAST has a storied basketball history, and we look forward to showcasing these games as the conference creates more memorable moments."

"BIG EAST basketball has historically delivered some of the most thrilling teams and moments in college sports, including its most recent accomplishments, and we are excited to showcase the conference and its fantastic men's and women's college basketball programs on all of our TNT Sports platforms," said Luis Silberwasser, Chairman and CEO, TNT Sports. "This agreement further adds to TNT Sports' portfolio of premium live sports content, featuring championship-caliber college basketball programs and student athletes, and we will utilize all of our assets to elevate the fan experience."

For men's basketball, more than 150 regular season games will be distributed on the networks' various platforms, including all league contests and all BIG EAST Tournament games.

BIG EAST women's basketball coverage will be enhanced significantly under the new deal, with the networks at least tripling the current contractual commitment under the current agreement up to 65 regular season games and all BIG EAST Tournament games.

BIG EAST Olympic Sport team championship contests will be carried annually as part of the new package, including men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, volleyball, baseball and softball.

The BIG EAST was advised by Allen & Company and Proskauer in its negotiations.

BIG EAST Conference member institutions are located in some of the country's top media markets and reach over 50 million people. The conference is celebrating its 45th year of academic and athletic excellence following its founding on May 31, 1979.

About The BIG EAST

The BIG EAST Conference is an association of 11 nationally prominent colleges and universities that foster healthy athletic competition, community service and the pursuit of excellence in academic environments. The BIG EAST-sponsored athletic programs of our institutions provide national-caliber participation opportunities for more than 3,800 student-athletes on over 200 men's and women's teams in 22 sports. Established in 1979 and headquartered in New York City, the BIG EAST's members are located in eight of the country's top 38 largest media markets and include Butler University, University of Connecticut, Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, St. John's University, Seton Hall University, Villanova University and Xavier University. For more information, visit www.bigeast.com.

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports' digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Also included in FOX Sports' portfolio are FOX's interests in joint-venture business Big Ten Network, and a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.'

About NBC Sports

NBC Sports connects people to the moments that matter most and serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. As the sports division of NBCUniversal, NBC Sports presents premier content across linear platforms NBC, USA Network, GOLF Channel, as well numerous digital sites, including Peacock. NBC Sports possesses an unparalleled collection of media rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, Big Ten Conference, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, Notre Dame, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, and many more. It also consists of NBC Sports Next, a subdivision of NBC Sports and home to all NBCUniversal digital applications in sports and technology within its three groups: Youth & Recreational Sports, Golf, and Betting & Gaming.

About TNT Sports

TNT Sports is a global leader in the delivery of premium sports content. The TNT Sports U.S. portfolio includes expansive, multi-platform partnerships with the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, National Hockey League, United States Soccer Federation, College Football Playoff games and, starting in 2025, NASCAR and Roland-Garros. Owned and operated platforms are highlighted by Bleacher Report, the #1 digital destination for young sports fans, along with House of Highlights, HighlightHER, Golf Digest, and a full suite of digital and social portfolio brands. Additionally, TNT Sports co-manages NBA Digital - comprised of NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE Pass, the NBA App and NBAGLEAGUE.com - as well as NCAA.com and NCAA March Madness Live. TNT Sports in Europe and the Republic of Ireland includes partnerships with the NBA, Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UFC, WWE and more, as well as much-loved brands Eurosport, Global Mountain Bike Network (GMBN) and multi-sport programming and content on discovery+ and Discovery's free-to-air TV networks.





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