ESPN and Pac-12 Sign Far-Reaching Multiplatform 12-Year Pact: More Football and Basketball Games To Air

May 4, 2011  •  Post A Comment

ESPN and the Pac-12 college sports conference announced today that they have signed a huge deal that will bring a package of sports including football and basketball to multiple ESPN platforms through the 2024-25 season.

The pact, which begins with the 2012-13 season, was announced by John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president for content, and Larry Scott, Pac-12 commissioner.

“The deal will deliver more than 80 Pac-12 events each year, highlighted by more football games than the previous agreement, including new Saturday 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT) telecasts, plus the Pac-12 Football Championship Game every other year; the addition of an extensive schedule of men’s regular-season basketball games, as well as select Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament matchups and the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship every other year; and for the first time rights to women’s college basketball and Olympic sports content. As part of the agreement, Fox Sports will offer additional Pac-12 content on its networks,” the companies said in the official announcement.

Conference sports events will be featured across ESPN platforms including ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN 3D, ESPN International, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN3.com, ESPN Classic and ESPN Deportes, with extensive coverage on ESPN.com.

Online is a big part of the deal. “All Pac-12 programming on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will be available online via ESPNnetworks.com and on mobile devices via the Watch ESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription through an affiliated provider,” the announcment said.

Added Skipper: “Significantly enhancing premier content from a conference with the tradition, passion and excellence of the Pac-12 strengthens our networks’ position as the home for college sports. As we grow our longstanding relationship with the conference, fans will be able to watch ESPN’s Pac-12 coverage on any screen they choose.”

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