Wednesday , Jun , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Big East reaches TV contract extension

Providence, RI (Sports Network) – The Big East Conference announced on
Wednesday it has reached a multi-year agreement with CBS Sports, extending the
television network’s rights to televise its conference basketball games.

The new agreement runs through the 2012-13 season and will begin with the
2007-08 season. It guarantees a minimum of 14 men’s basketball appearances by
Big East programs.

The deal also includes appearances by women’s teams as well.

“We’re very pleased to maintain our partnership with CBS,” said Big East
commissioner Michael Tranghese. “Big East teams have enjoyed outstanding
exposure through the years on CBS. The length of this agreement guarantees
that Big East teams will have a high profile on national broadcast network
television well into the future.”

CBS began televising Big East teams in 1981, which was just the conference’s
third year of existence. The conference later became the first to sign an
exclusive deal with a television network, doing so with CBS in 1985.