Tulane’s basketball team could have a chance to play in front of a national audience next season thanks to a deal the old Big East struck with CBS Sports.
The conference announced Tuesday a deal with the network, shown locally on WWL-TV, to show up to 12 men’s basketball games a year through the 2019-20 season.
According to a news release, half the game will be conference games and the network will have first selection of games.
“This agreement further illustrates the excitement and anticipation that surround the re-invention of our conference and it will provide our fans across the country the opportunity to watch our games on network television,” Aresco said.
Beginning in 2014, the Big East, which will have a new title, will consist of Tulane, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Memphis, SMU, South Florida and Temple as full-time members. Additionally, East Carolina will be a football-only member while the Naval Academy becomes a football-only member in 2015.
Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
The new CBS deal will combine with one the conference signed with ESPN recently. The worldwide leader will broadcast football, basketball and Olympic sports on its tier of networks.
That contract will expand the scope of coverage for the conference in football. The conference said nearly 90 percent of football games will be broadcast and its championship game will be shown on ABC or ESPN. Additionally, in basketball, ESPN will televise at least 107 games.