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Old Big East has new deal with CBS

The soon-to-be renamed Big East will collect a total of $4 million over seven years for men's basketball games broadcast on CBS beginning in 2014, two sources with knowledge of the contract told CBSSports.com.

The basketball deal, which gives CBS the rights for up to 12 league appearances per season, comes after the announcement of a $126 million contract with ESPN to televise football for the new league. Both deals are for seven years. CBS will have the first selection from conference and non-conference home games, as well as some games played on neutral sites. Half of those appearances will be league games.

The announcement Wednesday that East Carolina will be added to the league for all sports means that the league's basketball lineup will include Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Southern Methodist, South Florida, Temple and Tulane. CBSSports.com reported on Tuesday that the addition of Tulsa for all sports was "a matter of when, not if." The football side of the league also will include Navy starting in 2015.

ESPN.com reported there is an out clause in the football deal for the network if the league loses two members. It is not known if the same clause exists with CBS. ESPN.com also reported that language was put in an original deal with NBC Sports Network that stated Connecticut and Cincinnati are "next in line" to move to the ACC if that league loses any more members to the Big Ten, SEC or Big 12. The language passed to the ESPN deal when it matched NBC's offer.

Cincinnati and UConn officials have not been shy about wanting to join a higher-profile conference. The reconstituted Big East does not get an automatic berth in the upcoming football playoff beginning in 2014.

Conference officials have said the league get a new name this spring.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the total payout of the conference's basketball contract with CBS.

 
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