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Current Big East officially inks TV deal with ESPN

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Following up on a report from last month, the current Big East announced a new television deal with ESPN on Monday that will run through 2019-20. The Big East’s current deal with ESPN ends this year with 2013-14 serving as a bridge year before football, basketball and Olympic sports come under one agreement in 2014.

The amount of the deal wasn’t disclosed, but ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, who would know, reports the seven-year deal will be worth $126 million over the life of the deal. It was previously reported that the deal would be in the neighborhood of $130 million.

With the seven Catholic basketball schools gone to form their own conference while retaining the Big East name, the football side now has the task of rebranding and renaming its conference. As of last week, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco said that it is “very unlikely” the new conference will be named the “America 12,” despite previous reports.

The Big East’s football conference championship game will be broadcast on either ABC or ESPN.

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8 Responses to “Current Big East officially inks TV deal with ESPN”
  1. Brian Basher says: Mar 19, 2013 3:11 PM

    Conference USA 2.o has a nice ring too it

  2. thefiesty1 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:35 PM

    Why? Nothing but a waste of $$$.

  3. roundup5 says: Mar 19, 2013 9:15 PM

    I would watch Slippery Rock State College play Bradley,
    before I would waste my time watching Big East football
    (Or, whatever they call it)…..

  4. thefiesty1 says: Mar 19, 2013 10:27 PM

    Yes roundup5. Nothing newsworthy here. The Little East is just, no matter what they call it.

  5. barbeaux says: Mar 19, 2013 10:53 PM

    Isn’t this about $1 billion yes billion less than what they could’ve gotten 2 years ago?

  6. ancientcougar says: Mar 20, 2013 11:49 AM

    I don’t know if it was all worth while for my team to join. Only time will tell.

  7. ancientcougar says: Mar 20, 2013 11:57 AM

    How about ” The Big American (10-12) Conference” to reflect the western expansion of the League?

  8. centexhorn says: Mar 20, 2013 1:54 PM

    Stop hating, people. It sounds like it will be a decent product. So what if it resembles Conference-USA? I love watching C-USA games sometimes. I’m a purist. I love all college football.

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