Big East Conference Announces Major Television Deal

The Big East Conference announced yesterday that it will become the most televised conference in men’s college basketball as a result of a deal with ESPN and CBS Sports. Every single conference game will be televised by either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Regional, ESPN Classic, ESPNU, ESPN360 or CBS Sports for the next six seasons.

This year marks the beginning of the league’s expanded 18-game conference schedule and ESPN or ESPN2 will televise 58 games, including 43 regular season and 11 conference championship games. The Big East Tournament is played every year in New York City at Madison Square Garden. There will also be 5 nationally televised intra-conference games shown on CBS throughout the year.

A Big East game will be featured in primetime during ESPN’s Big Monday, starting on January 14th, as well as a game during eight of 10 weeks on Wednesdays starting in 2008. Big East games will also be featured on Thursday nights, with 11 games in 10 weeks starting on January 3rd; these games will include 11 different Big East teams.

Games of Note:

Villnova vs. Central Florida, Thursday, November 22, 2007 on ESPN2, as part of the Old Spice Classic

Villanova vs. LSU, Thursday, December 6, 2007 on ESPN as part of the Big East/SEC Invitational

Villanova at DePaul, Thursday, January 3, 2008 on ESPN or ESPN2

Villanova at Syracuse, Saturday, January 19, 2008 on ESPN

Villanova at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, January 30, 2008 on ESPN or ESPN2

Villanova at Georgetown, Saturday, February 9, 2008 on ESPN

Villanova vs. Connecticut, Saturday, February 23, 2008 on ESPN

Villanova vs. Marquette, Monday, February 25th, 2008 on ESPN

Villanova at Louisville, Sunday, March 2, 2008 on CBS

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