May 21, 2012
According to a release issued Monday, CBS Sports has reached a deal with ESPN that will allow for a dozen ACC basketball games to be broadcast on the network, in addition to numerous other top-conference contests.
The deal calls for 26 games per year to be broadcast on CBS featuring ACC, Big 12 and Big 10 matchups. The ACC will get six broadcasts next season followed by 12 each year thereafter during the multi-year agreement.
CBS will also broadcast the Missouri Valley championship every year of the agreement and the Atlantic 10 championship next season.
On May 9, the ACC and ESPN reached a deal on an extension that will put the conference’s sports on the cable network through 2026-27. The $3.6 billion deal will give ESPN title sponsorship rights, outside of football, to the ACC championships, including men's and women's basketball.
The agreement also gives ESPN the right to televise three Friday night football games per season. That includes a commitment from Boston College and Syracuse to each host one game, plus an afternoon or evening game on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
CBS also covers championships for the Big 10 and Conference USA. In partnership with Turner Sports, all 67 NCAA Basketball Tournament games are also aired on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.