CBS Sports Agrees to Multi-Year Extension with Big Ten
It’s been a big week for ‘the Eye’ and its college sports initiative. Just days after announcing the signing of former University of Michigan football head coach Rich Rodriguez, CBS is hitching its wagon to his former conference’s hoops lineup.
CBS Sports has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Big Ten Conference extending its broadcast rights to the conference’s basketball games through the 2016-17 season. The announcement was made by Mike Aresco, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports and James E. Delany, Big Ten Commissioner.
“We are delighted to extend our Big Ten basketball agreement, which has been a cornerstone of our regular-season NCAA basketball coverage,” said Aresco. “We have an outstanding and longstanding relationship with the Big Ten and Commissioner Jim Delany, and look forward to many more seasons of broadcasting the rivalries, pageantry and high quality competition of the Big Ten.”
“The Big Ten Conference is happy to announce an extension to our CBS Sports agreement,” said Delany. “CBS has been a great partner and has provided outstanding exposure for the Big Ten since 1991, giving our coaches and student-athletes opportunities to compete on the national stage. We love having CBS Sports involved in our regular-season and tournament coverage with our championship game leading into the NCAA Selection Show.”
The agreement, beginning with the 2011-12 season, calls for a minimum of 24 appearances by teams from the Big Ten, including three Big Ten wildcard weekends. CBS Sports will continue to broadcast the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinal and championship games. Additional appearances by various women’s teams from the conference also will be featured.
As the Network of the Big Ten, Big East, Pac-10 and Southeastern conferences, CBS Sports broadcasts the most comprehensive regular-season college basketball schedule on network television.