Big East, Aresco "Closing In" On TV Deal With ESPN And CBS
The Big East is "closing in" on a basketball TV deal with ESPN and CBS "for next season, while working on a long-term deal in football with multiple networks." Sources said that the conference is "close to finalizing a one-year deal in basketball using an 18-team model, which includes the Catholic 7" and soon-to-depart schools such as Notre Dame, Louisville and Rutgers. The package will include ESPN's Big East "Big Monday" time slots, the Big East tourney and select regular-season games on CBS. Commissioner Mike Aresco "remains confident that the money for both sports will be 'reasonable'" (AJERSEYGUY.com, 1/24).