PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The soon-to-be-renamed Big East Conference, demonstrating the continuing vitality of its basketball programs, has entered into an agreement with long-time partner CBS Sports to telecast men's basketball games through the 2019-20 season, Commissioner Mike Aresco and CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus announced today.
The contract includes up to 12 appearances per season. Half of the appearances each season will be conference games. CBS Sports retains the right to have the first selections among conference, non-conference and neutral site games. Financial terms of the agreement were not announced.
"We are delighted to be extending the historic and successful relationship that we have enjoyed with CBS Sports since 1983," Aresco said. "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 has been a partner of the Big East for 30 years," said McManus. "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 proud to be continuing our strong relationship with CBS Sports," said Judy Genshaft, President of the University of South Florida and Chair of the Big East Executive Committee. "This agreement demonstrates CBS's continued nationwide interest in our teams. We look forward to CBS Sports bringing many years of exciting, top-level competition to our viewers across the nation."
With this agreement and a previously announced deal with ESPN, the Conference continues its association with two of the most prestigious media organizations in sports, a major milestone in a realignment and rebranding that will culminate in the announcement of a new name later this spring.
Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, the Conference will consist of the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida, Temple University and Tulane University. East Carolina University will be a football-only member. The U.S. Naval Academy will become a football-only member in 2015.
"This long-term agreement with CBS demonstrates that our Conference is rapidly moving into the next era of exciting and high-level basketball competition on network television," added Aresco. "We look forward to a long and productive partnership with CBS, which will serve our fans and member institutions exceedingly well."