CBS SPORTS TO BROADCAST PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
July 30, 2001
CBS Sports, College Basketball's leading network broadcaster, hasacquired the rights to the Pac-10's Men's College Basketball Championshipgame, through an agreement with Fox Sports Net, it was announced today byMike Aresco, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports and TracyDolgin, President, Fox Sports Net. The multi-year agreement begins withthe 2002 Pac-10 Tournament.
The Pac-10 Tournament, which previously ran from 1987-90, will becontested at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the Championship gameto be broadcast live on Saturday, March 9 (6:00-8:00 PM, ET) on the CBSTelevision Network. The winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAAMen's Basketball Championship.
Fox Sports Net acquired the exclusive television rights to the entirePac-10 postseason tournament in a multi-year agreement with theConference in 2000. Each year, the first two rounds will be televised byFox Sports Net.
'We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the return of thePac-10 Tournament, providing increased national exposure to theConference prior to the start of the NCAA tournament,' says Aresco. 'Incooperation with Fox Sports Net, this agreement marks a further extensionof our growing relationship with the Pac-10 which we look forward tocontinuing well into the future.'
'We are pleased and proud that the Pac-10's new men's basketballtournament will culminate with a telecast of the Championship game onCBS, the network of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship,' says TomHansen, Commissioner of the Pac-10. 'CBS' selection of the Championshipgame reflects the prominent role the Pac-10 has played in recent NCAAtournaments, including having four teams in the Sweet Sixteen last yearand Arizona playing in the National Championship game.'
'The national telecast in this prime time period will make the Pac-10Tournament even more exciting for the student-athletes and fans,' addedHansen.
CBS Sports broadcasts an extensive regular-season schedule of collegebasketball, including conference championships from the Big Ten, SEC andConference USA. Exclusive broadcaster of the NCAA tournament, CBS Sportswill present coverage of the preeminent event in college sports for the21st consecutive year in 2002.