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ESPN still in the ball game

Sports net re-ups with Big East

ESPN has renewed its deal with the Big East for another six years, through the 2012-13 season, promising for the first time to cover every intra-conference basketball game on at least one of its networks or platforms.

Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said, “ESPN is giving us the kind of TV exposure that we’ve never had in our history.”

There will be weekly basketball games on Monday and Thursday on ESPN and ESPN2. Other outlets for the games include ESPNU, the college sports network; ESPN360, the streaming-video Internet service; and ESPN Regional TV, which will syndicate about 65 basketball games each season to local TV stations and regional cable networks.

For football, ESPN and ESPN2 will carry a minimum of 14 games. ESPN’s sibling ABC will broadcast three games a year, and ESPNU will take at least five games a year.

Women’s sports and select Olympic sports also are in the mix.

The Big East has 16 member colleges: the U. of Cincinnati, U. of Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, U. of Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, U. of Pittsburgh, Providence College, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, U. of South Florida, Syracuse, Villanova and West Virginia.

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