The Big South Conference, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) affiliate conference made up of 12 US colleges, has agreed an extended and expanded seven-year broadcast deal with ESPN.
The new deal, which runs until the end of 2019, includes the last year of the current agreement and extends a partnership dating back to 1991. It will see an average of 62 Big South events – including football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball and lacrosse – aired annually across ESPN’s platforms.
Big South Men’s basketball championship game will air on either ESPN or ESPN2, while ESPNU, the US network’s college athletics-dedicated sister network, will televise six basketball events per season. Meanwhile, ESPN3 will carry a minimum of 50 exclusive Big South contests from next season, with coverage set to increase annually.
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“The Big South has been a terrific partner,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president, college sports programming. “This agreement allows us to showcase more of the Big South and its member institutions than ever before through our platforms, and via any available technology or device.”
“This agreement with ESPN allows the Big South to provide unprecedented exposure for our student-athletes, teams and member institutions,” added Big South commissioner Kyle Kallander. “With ESPN's support, the Big South can now showcase our biggest events across 19 championship sports, and do it in a manner that is consistent with the Big South’s commitment to a progressive digital presence. ESPN has been a terrific collaborator of ours and we are thrilled to continue the relationship.”
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