ESPN Close To Deal For Big East Games Through 2020: Reports

ESPN is said to have matched NBC’s offer for a media rights package to the Big East conference’s games through the 2019-2020 academic year in a deal worth $130M, according to various sports media reports. NBC Sports Network made an official offer last week and ESPN, as the current primary rights holder, had one week to meet the bid. Sources said ESPN matched the financial offer, but further details are to be considered. Presidents from the Big East could vote as early as this weekend on accepting the deal for seven years of men’s basketball and six years of football, ESPN reported. Big East’s current basketball deal with ESPN and CBS expires after the 2012-13 school year. Its deal with ESPN for football expires after the 2013-14 term. ESPN’s league sources said CBS would also extend its basketball rights deal for an extra $2M per year.

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