Another long-rumored media agreement came to fruition today as Fox Sports announced it has reached a deal telecast sports from the newly-configured Big East Conference beginning this fall.
The 12-year agreement calls for Fox to control multi-platform media rights to all conference-controlled men’s basketball games, select rights to women’s basketball, all Olympic sports and extensive rights for highlights and to produce ancillary programming.
It was also announced today that Butler, Xavier and Creighton will join the Big East this fall, combining with DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova in the ten-team league.
The newly launched Fox Sports 1 will televise over 100 men’s college basketball games beginning next fall. It will also carry the entire Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament each season, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“We applaud all the Big East schools for taking responsibility for their own destiny and forming what is clearly one of the top college basketball leagues in the country,” said Fox Sports Co-President and COO Randy Freer. “The quality of the competition is obvious. Five teams who will play in the renewed Big East next season are playing in this year’s NCAA tournament, and seven qualified for postseason play overall. We’re extremely proud and fortunate to offer college basketball of this caliber on FS1 next season and for many seasons to come.”
Added Father Dennis Holtschneider, President of DePaul University: “The New Big East is fortunate to have found a partner such as FOX Sports, which shares our intense passion for college basketball, and is committed to celebrating the student-athletes and the natural rivalries that make college athletics so unique and appealing for fans across the nation.”
Fox Sports will also provide live streaming of Big East events via the “TV Everywhere” rights already available on FOXSports.com.