CBS SPORTS NETWORK REACHES MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH ESPN TO TELECAST AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL GAMES
CBS Sports Network to Feature American Athletic Conference Basketball Beginning with 2013-14 Season
Defending NCAA Men's Champion Louisville and Women's Champion UConn Prominently Featured on CBS Sports Network this Season
CBS Sports Network has acquired the rights to telecast college football and basketball games from the American Athletic Conference through a sub-licensing agreement with ESPN. The multi-year agreement begins with the 2013-14 college basketball season and continues through 2019-20.
The deal provides for 30 men's basketball games per year, except for the first year, which calls for 25 games. CBS Sports Network also will telecast a minimum of 13, and maximum of 15 football games beginning with the 2014 season.
"We are pleased and excited about this ESPN-CBS agreement, which provides our member institutions unprecedented national exposure on the industry leaders in college sports," said American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco. "CBS Sports Network is another outstanding national platform for our schools, and we thank ESPN for its role in making this agreement possible. We look forward to giving our fans the best seat in the house as we compete on the biggest stage in college sports in this, our inaugural season as the American, and for many years to come."
"This deal adds high quality college football and basketball games to CBS Sports Network's already extensive line-up of live event programming," said David Berson, President, CBS Sports. "We're proud to extend our relationship with the American Athletic Conference and look forward to showcasing exciting action on CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network beginning this season."
With this deal, CBS Sports Network's 2013-14 college basketball schedule includes five games featuring defending NCAA Champion Louisville. The agreement also includes five women's basketball games per year with three appearances this season by defending NCAA Women's Champion UConn. Earlier this year, CBS Sports also signed a long-term deal to broadcast American Athletic Conference men's basketball games.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
The American Athletic Conference comprises the following 10 member institutions: the University of Central Florida; University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Houston, University of Louisville, University of Memphis, Rutgers University, Southern Methodist University, University of South Florida, and Temple University. In 2014-15, East Carolina University, Tulane University and the University of Tulsa become full members. The U.S. Naval Academy joins in football only in 2015. The American Athletic Conference is a member of the Bowl Championship Series. For more information on the Conference and its membership, please visit www.TheAmerican.org.
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