FOX Sports Networks and Big West Announce Long-Term Media Rights Agreement
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The Big West Conference and FOX Sports Networks today announced a long-term media rights agreement that makes Prime Ticket, FOX Sports West, and FOX Sports San Diego the exclusive regional TV partners for Big West Conference sports commencing with the current 2012-13 season.
This season, a minimum of 20 marquee events will be showcased across Prime Ticket, FOX Sports West, and FOX Sports San Diego, including regular season men’s basketball games, four men’s basketball tournament quarterfinal games, and the women’s basketball tournament championship game, as well as the soccer and track and field championships.
Beginning in the 2013-14 season, at least 32 events per year will be televised when San Diego State joins the Big West. A minimum of 12 San Diego State men’s basketball games will be added to the selection of events for Prime Ticket, FOX Sports West, and FOX Sports San Diego. Additional events and non-game programming specials are slated to appear on other FOX Sports platforms.
Additionally, FOX Sports Networks in conjunction with the Big West will launch the Conference’s free-to-access video streaming platform this November. The digital offering will deliver up to 800 live events each academic year, including certain men’s and women’s basketball games and women’s volleyball matches not selected for TV, as well as many other Conference athletic events.
“This agreement with FOX continues a partnership that began more than 15 years ago,” said Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell. “The Big West’s continued growth and stability contributed to the overall expansion of the package and the increased exposure through the cable and digital platforms will only enhance the Conference brand.”
“We’re proud to be long-term partners with the Big West Conference,” said Steve Simpson, senior vice president and general manager, FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket. “The schools that represent the Conference are an ideal complement to the regionally relevant programming focus of FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket and we look forward to showcasing multiple sports and the remarkable student-athletes that represent the Big West.”
“Teaming with the Big West is great news for our San Diego audience,” said Henry Ford, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FOX Sports San Diego. “With the addition of San Diego State to the Conference in 2013, FOX Sports San Diego becomes the regional home for Aztec sports for many years to come.”
The agreement also gives FOX Sports year-long in-arena exposure – signage, video/message boards, PA announcements – at all Big West institutions, website recognition on all Big West institution websites and a sponsorship position in the Big West Basketball Tournament.
About Big West Conference
The Big West Conference is a member of NCAA Division I and includes Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Northridge; Long Beach State University; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Riverside; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Hawai‘i, Manoa; and the University of the Pacific. Boise State University and San Diego State University become members effective July 1, 2013. Pacific will no longer be a conference member effective July 1, 2013.
About Prime Ticket and FOX Sports West
Prime Ticket and sister network, FOX Sports West, have been providing local sports coverage to Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii for over 25 years. Together, the regional sports networks present more live, local sports programming than any other network or broadcast system in the market. FOX Sports West provides 24-hour sports programming to more than 6.8 million subscribers; PRIME TICKET reaches 6.2 million subscribers. The partner networks combine to produce over 800 live sporting events and telecast 2,500 hours of live programming every year. For complete regional sports news, provocative opinions, telecast schedules and more, log-on to www.foxsportswest.com.
About FOX Sports San Diego
FOX Sports San Diego is the local destination for the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Clippers, Anaheim Ducks, college and high school athletics. Serving sports fans in San Diego, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Palm Springs, Yuma, Tucson and Albuquerque FOX Sports San Diego reaches 2.2 million subscribers and can be seen locally in San Diego on Cox channels 56 and 1056 and on DIRECTV channels 694 and 694-1. For complete regional sports coverage, log-on to