Current Big East Conference, ESPN Reach TV-Multimedia Deal

Current Big East Conference, ESPN Reach TV-Multimedia Deal

The agreement runs through the 2019-20 season and pays about $20 million a year.

NEW YORK (AP) - The soon-to-be-renamed Big East has completed its television deal with ESPN.
 
The contract announced Tuesday for football, basketball and other sports runs through the 2019-20 season and pays about $20 million a year.
 
The so-called Catholic 7 basketball schools are leaving the conference and taking the Big East name. They're completing an agreement with FOX.
 
The rest of the league will include South Florida, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Temple, Memphis, Central Florida, SMU and Houston in 2013. East Carolina and Tulane are to join in 2014 and Navy is scheduled for football in 2015, with a 12th member expected.
 
ESPN has been affiliated with the Big East in its various incarnations for more than three decades. The network will own rights to at least 66 football games and 170 men's basketball games annually, licensing some to other channels.

Also Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the announcement said Butler, Creighton and Xavier will join the so-called Catholic 7 schools in the new Big East basketball conference.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement will not take place until Wednesday, when it will be made in conjunction with a news conference on the league's broadcast deal with FOX.

Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, Marquette and DePaul are taking the Big East name with them as they form a new league for next season.
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AP Sports Writer Joe Kay contributed to this report.

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