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[10/02/12 - 08:41 AM]
The Atlantic 10 and NBC Sports Group Announce Nine-Year National Television Agreement
Per the agreement, NBC Sports Network will televise six games during the 2012-13 season (one non-conference game and five conference contests).

[via press release from NBC Sports Network]

THE ATLANTIC 10 AND NBC SPORTS GROUP ANNOUNCE NINE-YEAR NATIONAL TELEVISION AGREEMENT

NBC Sports Network to Televise 25 Men's Basketball Games & Three Women's Basketball Games Annually

NBC Sports Regional Networks to Televise Select Local Games

Agreement Includes Live Streaming Rights to NBC Sports Network Games

NEW YORK - October 2, 2012 -- The Atlantic 10 Conference and the NBC Sports Group announced a nine-year agreement to nationally televise men's and women's basketball games on the NBC Sports Network, as well as select local games on NBC Sports Regional Networks. The agreement also allows for games to be live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, which is available on NBCSports.com and on mobile and tablet apps.

Per the agreement, NBC Sports Network will televise six games during the 2012-13 season (one non-conference game and five conference contests). Beginning in 2013 and continuing through 2021, NBC Sports Network will televise 25 regular-season men's games, three regular-season women's games, and the quarterfinals of the men's and women's championships. In addition, the NBC Sports Regional Networks will televise select games in the local markets of the participating teams (two regular-season men's games, three regular-season women's games, four men's quarterfinal games and four women's quarterfinal games).

"I am extremely excited to announce the new collaboration between the A-10 and NBC Sports Network. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the conference in terms of national distribution that will extend the Atlantic 10 inventory and brand into every one of our media markets for the league and throughout the country," stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "NBC Sports Network is recognized worldwide and the A-10 will benefit greatly from this partnership."

"We are proud to add Atlantic 10 men's and women's basketball games to the NBC Sports Network schedule. The A-10 is an incredibly strong conference and features some of the most historic college basketball programs in the country," said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. "The A-10 is now one of the pillars of our ever-growing college basketball coverage."

A schedule of the 2012-13 A-10 games on NBC Sports Network is listed below. (All times are ET)

Date Game Time

Saturday, January 5 Lehigh at VCU 5:00 p.m. ET

Saturday, January 12 Butler at Dayton 2:00 p.m. ET

Saturday, February 2 Dayton at Saint Louis 2:00 p.m. ET

Saturday, February 16 Saint Joseph's at La Salle (Palestra) 1:00 p.m. ET

Thursday, March 7 Butler at Massachusetts 7:00 p.m. ET

Saturday, March 9 La Salle at Saint Louis 1:30 p.m. ET

About the A-10:

The Atlantic 10 Conference was formed in 1976. Currently comprised of 16 member institutions and sponsoring 21 championship sports, the mission and goal of the Atlantic 10 is to preserve, protect, and enhance the academic and athletic pursuits of the membership. The conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for more than 6,000 student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The member institutions of the Atlantic 10 are Butler University, the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, University of Massachusetts, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University, Temple University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Xavier University.

About the NBC Sports Network:

NBC Sports Network, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in nearly 80 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France and 34th America's Cup. In addition, NBC Sports Network telecasts college football, college basketball, college hockey, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas Tonight, NFL Turning Point, Caught Looking, NBC Sports Talk, and Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports Network is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.





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