CBS Sports Reaches Multi-Year Agreement To Broadcast Pac-10 Men's Basketball Championship Game
July 30, 2001
CBS Sports, College Basketball's leading network broadcaster,has acquired the rights to the Pac-10's Men's College BasketballChampionship game, through an agreement with Fox Sports Net, it was announced todayby Mike 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, willbe contested at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the Championshipgame to 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 televisedby Fox 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 furtherextension of 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 ofcollege basketball, including conference championships from the Big Ten, SEC andConference USA. Exclusive broadcaster of the NCAA tournament, CBSSports will present coverage of the preeminent event in college sports for the21st consecutive year in 2002.