The Big East

CBS Sub-Licenses Big East Basketball Games from Fox

CBS Sports announced today that it has reached a sub-licensing agreement with Fox Sports to televise Big East College Basketball games.  The games will air on both the CBS national network and the CBS Sports Network.  The deal begins this season and runs through the 2018-2019 season.

This season CBS Sports will broadcast two games and CBS Sports Network will air 18 match-ups.  Both CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network will have access to non-conference and conference games. Also, CBS Sports Network will air a minimum of two women’s games per year, as well as select Olympic sports.

Beginning with the 2014-15 season, the deal provides for up to 30 men’s basketball games per year combined on CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network.  CBS Sports can broadcast up to five games each year, with CBS Sports Network airing the remaining contests as part of the agreement.

“We are excited about our new agreement with Fox, which extends our 30-year relationship with the BIG EAST Conference,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports.  “Today’s announcement continues our recent string of new agreements strengthening our programming, and further solidifying CBS Sports as the leader in college basketball.”



Sports Media Weekly No. 118

There is a lot on our plate on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.

No guest this week, but Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I start the show by talking about the opening week of the NFL and how, for the third year in a row, the total audience for the opening weekend topped 105 million viewers.  We pointed to ratings gains for Fox and NBC and losses for ESPN, which was saddled with a pair of less-than-compelling match-ups for its opening night double header.

We then shift the news that CBS will be delaying its primetime Sunday schedule when it airs the NFL double header, which begins this week.  All programming will be moved up 30 minutes to accommodate the new 4:25p.m. ET late game start.

We spend some time talking about Chris Berman’s contract extension with ESPN which, despite the critics, is probably still a good deal for both Berman and the WWL.

Ken and I explore the news that Notre Dame will be leaving the Big East for the ACC and the impact that will have on the rights holders for each conference and the prospects of the Big East’s new deal which has yet to be finalized.

We wrap-up the show by talking about the new deal Fox Sports has with the Oklahoma Sooners and  how a potential NHL lockout will impact NBC Sports and hockey fans across North America.