Pac-10 and FSN Renew Television, New Media & Sponsorship Rights for Basketball Through 2012
May 5, 2006
LOS ANGELES -
The Pac-10 Conference and FSN have reached an agreement that renews the sports network's position as the Conference's exclusive national basketball television partner through the 2011-2012 season. The announcement was made today by Pac-10 Conference Commissioner Tom Hansen and Bob Thompson, President, Fox Sports Networks.
The renewal provides FSN the exclusive national cable, broadcast and new media rights for men's regular season basketball, plus four women's games, the men's and women's Conference basketball tournaments, and provides FSN with the exclusive right to sell sponsorships on behalf of the Conference and in connection with the Pac-10 postseason basketball tournaments. In the new media realm, FSN has rights to distribute games live and delayed, during an exclusive 30-day window, including exclusive game replays via video-on-demand, wireless and/or Internet platforms.
In addition to the rights provided FSN and its related new media platforms, the deal gives Fox College Sports (FCS) the right to carry all games and events FSN televises, and gives the national college sports network access to the Pac-10's extensive library of archived basketball events.
'We're extremely pleased that Pac-10 Conference basketball will remain a fixture on FSN well into the next decade,' said Thompson. 'The conference is important to us and continues to play a vital role in both our national and regional programming, creating a solid core of quality product for FSN, FCS and all of our affiliated regional sports networks, especially, FSN Arizona, FSN Bay Area, FSN Northwest, FSN Prime Ticket and FSN West in Los Angeles.
'The Pac-10 is very pleased to extend for six years its unique relationship with Fox Sports Net, with emphasis on media rights to the Conference's regular-season men's basketball games, media and sponsorship rights to its men's and women's basketball tournaments and marketing the Pac-10 brand for the Conference,' said Hansen. 'This agreement expands and extends our relationship with FSN, and we expect both parties to continue to benefit from our association. The Conference will certainly benefit from FSN's strong presence in the Pac-10's respective marketplaces.'
Each year, FSN has exclusive rights to 56 regular season men's basketball games, to be distributed via one or more national over-the-air networks and on FSN, with national or regional coverage. The package also includes exclusive national cable rights to four regular-season women's games annually, and the weekly magazine show, Runnin' with the Pac.
FSN also has exclusive rights to all nine games of the men's Conference tournament. The renewed package also includes the Pac-10 women's tournament.
'The growth of the Pac-10 tournament has been strong and steady since the Conference brought it back in 2002,' added Thompson. 'We look forward to its future, and working with the Pac-10 to realize every bit of its potential.'
'FSN has been instrumental in the success of the Pac-10 men's tournament and we anticipate that success will continue under our new agreement,' stated Hansen.
FSN's Pac-10 sponsorship rights include control and direction of Pac-10 Properties. The FSN-owned unit will have the exclusive right to sell all Pac-10 sponsorship packages with respect to the men's and women's tournaments, 11 Pac-10 championship events and year-round overall Conference sponsorships. Pac-10 Properties also seeks corporate sponsorships for sports-related events such as the Pride of the Pac Luncheon and the Conference's Hall of Honor Banquet.
FSN reaches more than 81 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. Based in Los Angeles, FSN owned or affiliated regional sports networks serve as the TV home to 60 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States. FSN produces over 4,500 live events each year, including close to 500 in High Definition. In addition to its thousands of home team games and a wide variety of locally produced sports programs, FSN televises national sports events and programs, including Pac-10 and ACC basketball; Pac-10 and Big 12 football; Best Damn Sports Show Period; CMI: Chris Myers Interviews; and the Mansionpoker.net Poker Dome Challenge coming in May. For the latest up-to-the-minute sports news and opinions, visit the FOX Sports/FSN website at www.FOXSports.com.