Big East Signs Deal with New College Network

The National College Sports Network (NCSN), the nation's first 24-hour all-college sports network, and the Big East Conference jointly announced today that they have reached a multi-year programming agreement.

As part of the agreement, NCSN will have the rights to cover up to 19 different men's and women's conference championships, and may expand additionally to include regular season events across a variety of men's and women's sports of The BIG EAST member schools.

"The BIG EAST-NCSN relationship will offer our member schools national television exposure for their championship games and sports competitions that generally do not benefit from such exposure," said BIG EAST Conference Commissioner Michael Tranghese. "We are looking forward to a successful partnership."

NCSN's deal with The BIG EAST will enable it to cover a variety of action from men's and women's championships in cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis as well as from men's baseball, women's field hockey, rowing, softball, and volleyball.

"The BIG EAST Conference has an extraordinary athletic history and some of the most intense inter-collegiate rivalries to be found anywhere in the country," said Brian Bedol, President, CEO and co-founder of the network. "We are thrilled to be able to tap into the excitement of BIG EAST sports, and deliver it into the homes of millions of fans."

The BIG EAST is the second major college conference to strike an agreement with the soon-to-be-launched cable network. It follows the recently announced programming agreement between the Big Ten Conference and NCSN. NCSN expects to announce other programming agreements shortly.

"The agreement between The BIG EAST and NCSN continues to support our vision that there is real value to conferences and universities from national exposure for their athletic programs and well-deserving student athletes," said Chris Bevilacqua, executive vice president and co-founder of NCSN. "With NCSN's mission to present the "best of the best" of college sports our partnership with The BIG EAST is another step in that direction."

The National College Sports Network (NCSN) is the first cable network devoted exclusively to college sports, including a significant commitment to women's sports. It was co-founded by Brian Bedol, Stephen Greenberg and Chris Bevilacqua. Mr. Bedol and Mr. Greenberg were co-founders of Classic Sports Network, which they later sold to ESPN. Mr. Bevilacqua is a former senior executive with Nike Inc. where he headed that company's successful foray into the college market. NCSN is headquartered in New York City. It is expected to launch during the first quarter of 2003.

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