ESPN Extends Rights Deals with NCAA

ESPN has announced that it has reached an agreement with the NCAA to extend its rights deals for a number of collegiate sports through the 2023-2024 season.

ESPN will continue to have exclusive rights to the Women’s NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament, and broad coverage to the Men’s and Women’s College World Series and Division 1 Football Championship.  In all ESPN will have rights to 24 NCAA Championships across multiple media platforms.  ESPN also has the intenational rights to the Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship.

The deal provides expanded coverage of each round of the NIT Season Tip-Off and all games from the NIT Postseason Tournament across the ESPN networks

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with the NCAA that has spanned the history of ESPN,” said George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN and ABC Sports, and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks in a press release. “This is our most comprehensive agreement yet and ensures sports fans will have access to top-level NCAA athletics across ESPN networks and platforms.” 

Here is the list of the 24 NCAA Championships to be broadcast by ESPN:

*         Fall – Division I women’s soccer; Division I men’s soccer; Division I women’s volleyball; Division I football (FCS); Division II football and Division III football

*         Winter – Division I men’s and women’s indoor track & field; Division I men’s and women’s swimming & diving; Division I women’s basketball; Division I wrestling; Division I men’s ice hockey; National Collegiate women’s bowling; National Collegiate women’s gymnastics and National Collegiate men’s and women’s fencing.

*         Spring – National Collegiate men’s volleyball; Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse; Division I men’s and women’s outdoor track & field; Division I softball and Division I baseball.

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