The agreement is for six-years according to TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte but he declined to discuss specific monetary compensation.
It's been an exciting week for TCU and their fans. Del Conte said the announcement today puts an exclamation on the last week of exciting events for the university.
"What a great day to be Frog," Del Conte said. "This past week we opened up a brand new stadium, on Friday we had an opportunity to announce a thirteen year grant of rights agreement with our television partners and today we partnered with Fox on our third tier rights and I couldn't be more pleased. What Fox brings us is a great platform to share our product not only to the state of Texas but to the surrounding states of Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico; it's just an unbelievable platform to spread the Horned Frog nation in the region."
Fox officials echoed the excitement of Del Conte.
"We are very excited to be partners with TCU; this agreement fits nicely in our mission statement to be the preeminent regional sports network in our five state territory," said FOX Sports Southwest senior vice president/general manager Jon Heidtke. "It's also a perfect complement to our new Fox Sports media group deal with the Big 12. We look forward to showcasing TCU programming to their fans both regionally and nationally."
The agreement features a variety of TCU sports programming annually, including one football game, all men's basketball games and agreed upon Olympic sports, including women's basketball, baseball, soccer and volleyball games. Telecasts of TCU's football games will be produced by Fox Sports. Additional programing will be produced by TCU's Department of Film, Television and Digital Media in collaboration with Fox Sports.
Fox Sports Southwest will be the flagship network for TCU sports with regional distribution in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Del Conte said the goals and dreams they've had as a university since the Southwest Conference disbanded in 1996 has now become a reality.
"It's been an unbelievable run for this institution. When you think about it's been a sixteen year journey," Del Conte said. "When the Southwest Conference broke up sixteen years ago we've been on a six conference odyssey. Every single time that we've been climbing the ladder it's always been for us to improve ourselves. One thing that TCU has done is put ourselves in a position that we always reinvested in ourselves and three years ago we always thought we could get to a BCS game and we finished the season undefeated and got to our first Fiesta Bowl. The next year we followed it up with a Rose Bowl experience and beat Wisconsin. Yet, the goal was to always be a BCS conference and that was our entire charge.
"The dream for us was to always be in the premier conference in our region and that was the Big 12. And on Friday we all signed our grant of rights for the next thirteen years and a wonderful television contract. And more importantly, partnering with Fox that gives us the great state of Texas unbelievable exposure from every region in this state to share our product on a phenomenal platform."