Conference signs new TV deal with Fox, ESPN

By The Mercury

Officials of The Big 12 Conference announced Friday they have reached agreement with ESPN and FOX Sports Media Group on a new contract that allows the two companies to share the conference’s football over-the-air and cable rights. ESPN continues as the primary rights holder of Big 12 men’s basketball, including the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship.

The new 13-year deal with ESPN begins with the 2012-13 season and runs through 2024-25, replacing the previous agreement that was scheduled to run through 2015-16. The new Big 12/ESPN contract now runs concurrently with the 13-year agreement between the conference and FOX. That agreement, announced last spring, has been augmented to reflect the expansion of rights and platforms.

Highlights of the joint agreement include an increase in the number of national football telecasts to a minimum of 25 per season on a combination of ABC, FOX, ESPN and FX. It also provides FOX with over-the-air access to Big 12 football with a minimum of six games annually on television, and gives ESPN Cable access to Big 12 football for ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPNU.

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