via press release:
CBS SPORTS REACHES MULTI-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH ESPN TO BROADCAST MEN’S BASKETBALL GAMES FROM
THE ACC, BIG 12 AND PAC-12 CONFERENCES
CBS Sports, college basketball's leading network broadcaster, has acquired the rights to broadcast men’s college basketball games from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences through an agreement with ESPN. The multi-year agreement begins with the 2012-13 college basketball season.
The deal provides for 26 appearances per year, except for the first year which calls for 20 appearances, from top tier teams across the various Conferences, including six ACC appearances during the first-year of the deal and then 12 ACC appearances through the remainder of the agreement. In addition, CBS Sports will broadcast the Missouri Valley Conference Championship game for the length of the agreement and the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship game in 2013.
CBS Sports broadcasts an extensive regular-season schedule of college basketball, including conference championships from the Big Ten, and Conference USA. CBS Sports and Turner Sports combine for exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, providing live, full national coverage of the tournament’s 67 games across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.