Big East signs multi-year media deal with ESPN

The Big East just signed a multi-year media deal

The Big East conference, soon to be renamed, has struck a multi-year, multi-media rights agreement with ESPN, the network announced on Tuesday.

The agreement grants ESPN exclusive worldwide distribution rights across all media and will continue ESPN’s coverage of the conference’s football, basketball and more through 2019-20. In addition, video subscribers of ESPN will have access to the games via digital and mobile devices.

The conference's existing football agreement runs through 2013. Starting in 2014-15, the football rights will be bundled with basketball and other sports through 2019-20, allowing at least 66 conference football games to be televised on ESPN networks or via other digital platforms.

Commissioner Mike Aresco said, "I am delighted that the current Big East Conference, which will be renamed and rebranded, will be partnering with ESPN well into the future," said Aresco.  "The extraordinary exposure provided by the ESPN networks will give viewers the opportunity to see the exciting competition and intense rivalries that will characterize our Conference."

By the time the agreement starts, the league could be called the America 12 Conference.

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