CBS Extends Rights Deal with Current Big EastMaintains Rights to Certain Basketball Games through 2019-20 Season 3/26/2013 8:28 AM Eastern
As expected, the soon-to-be-renamed Big East conference extended its media rights deal with CBS on Tuesday.
The new agreement, like its one with ESPN, will carry through the 2019-20 season. CBS will continue to broadcast up to 12 of the conference's men's basketball games, retaining the right to have the first selections among conference, non-conference and neutral site contests.
"CBS Sports has been a partner of the Big East for 30 years," said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus. "As the conference enters into a new and exciting era, we are proud to continue our relationship and showcase the conference's best games."
As part of its split with the "Catholic 7," the current Big East will be renamed, while the seven Catholic schools, plus Xavier, Butler and Creighton, will keep the "Big East" moniker. Commissioner Mike Aresco had stated previously that he'd like to have a new name by late April or early May.