TBS Inks Primetime College Grid Deal


On the heels of losing its National Basketball Association telecasts, TBS
Superstation announced Monday that it will televise Pacific 10 and Big 12
college-football games as part of a multiyear distribution deal struck between
Turner Sports and Fox Sports Net.

TBS will carry a combined 11 college-football games per season on Saturday
nights in the fall beginning this year and running through 2006, TBS
representatives said.

Terms of the deal -- the first college-football package for TBS since 1991 --
were not disclosed.

'Both the Big 12 and Pac 10 consistently rank as national powers in college
football. This multiyear agreement demonstrates our commitment to provide
compelling, top-notch sporting events to our viewers,' Turner Sports president
Mark Lazarus said in a prepared statement.

The deal comes two weeks after TBS' weekly Tuesday-night NBA package was not
renewed as part of parent AOL Time Warner Inc.'s six-year, $2.2 billion NBA
rights deal.

But Turner Sports director of public relations Jeff Pomeroy said the deal was
not struck to replace lost NBA games.

'It's not so much as a replacement of NBA games as it is an acquisition of
college-football product,' Pomeroy said. 'It's a great fit for the network.'

For FSN, the agreement doesn't mitigate the presence of games from the two
conferences on its network.

'We're not losing any games from our current schedule,' FSN spokesman Tom
Chiapetta said. 'It's a win-win for all involved, and it makes TBS a permanent
home for games from the conference.'