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National TV rights deals for Division I-A conferences

National TV rights deals for
Division I-A conferences

CONFERENCE
(2008-09 TV media rights revenue)

DETAILS

ACC ($76.8 million)

Football: 7-year, $258 million deal with ABC/ESPN through 2010. Basketball: 10-year, $300 million deal with Lincoln Financial/Raycom Sports through 2010-11

Note: A 12-year, $1.86 billion deal with ABC/ESPN begins in the fall of 2011, covering all ACC sports.

Big 12 ($70.0 million)

8-year, $480 million deal with ABC/ESPN through 2015-16 for football, basketball and Olympic sports; 4-year, $78 million deal with FSN through 2011-12

Note: FSN’s football contract includes a multiyear deal to sublicense Big 12 football games to the ESPN family of networks and Versus. The conference receives no direct revenue from the deal.

Big East ($35.1 million)

6-year, $200 million deal with ABC/ESPN across numerous media platforms, through 2012-13 for basketball and the 2013 football season

Big Ten ($230.0 million)

10-year football and basketball deal with ABC/ESPN runs through 2016-17, worth a projected $1 billion; 25-year, $2.8 billion deal through 2023 between Big Ten Network and Fox. Additionally, CBS has a 10-year, $200 million basketball-only deal with CBS through 2015-16

Note: The conference and News Corp. launched Big Ten Network in 2007. News Corp., Fox’s parent company, projected in documents filed with the SEC that it would pay $2.8 billion to the conference through fiscal 2032, or an average of $112 million annually. The conference owns 51 percent of the partnership and supplies the content. News Corp. owns 49 percent and operates the network. The two entities share expenses.

Conference USA ($12.8 million*)

6-year, $22 million deal with ESPN through 2010-11; 6-year, $45.8 million deal with CBS College Sports through 2010-11

Note: The conference signed a 5-year renewal in July 2010 with CBS College Collegiate Sports Properties, through June 2016, worth a total of $35 million-$37.5 million. ESPN networks carry the conference’s football championship, as well as its men’s and women’s basketball championships, at least 10 regular-season football games, at least six men’s basketball games, and at least three women’s basketball games annually. The deal also includes rights to wireless, broadband, video-on-demand and HD, among other things. In addition to national and regional rights to regular season football and basketball, CBS’s deal includes all other C-USA sports. The CBS agreement also includes corporate marketing rights, VOD, Internet, broadband, national over-the-air and satellite radio, wireless distribution and website production.

Mid-American ($809,000)

8-year football and basketball deal with ESPN through 2016-17

Mountain West ($11.8 million)

7-year, $82 million deal through 2013-14 with CBS College Sports that includes rights to all electronic media, for all sports

Note: CBS’s contract includes a multiyear deal to sublicense up to 10 games a year to Versus. The conference receives no direct revenue from the deal.

Pac-10 ($56.7 million)

Football: 5-year, $125 million deal with ESPN/ABC through 2011; 5-year, $97 million deal with FSN through 2011. Basketball: 6-year, $52.5 million deal with FSN through 2011-12; deal also gives FSN exclusive rights to sell, among other things, all Pac-10 basketball tournament sponsorship packages

Note: FSN’s football contract includes a multiyear sublicense agreement with Versus. The conference receives no direct revenue from the deal.

SEC ($60.1 million)

15-year, $2.25 billion deal through 2023-24 with ABC/ESPN for multiple sports; 15-year, $825 million deal through 2023-24 with CBS for football and basketball

Sun Belt ($140,000)

Deal with ESPN through 2012-13, for all sports

WAC ($900,000)

7-year, multisport deal with ESPN through 2016-17

* Includes media and marketing revenue
Sources: Conference Form 990s filed with the IRS; conference officials

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