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FSN, Pac-10 Extend Contract
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: July 27, 2006
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LOS ANGELES (FSN)--The Pac-10 Conference and FSN have reached a multi-year agreement that extends the sports network’s exclusive rights to 18 Pac-10 football games per season, plus 35 Olympic sports events.  The announcement was made today by Pac-10 Conference Commissioner Tom Hansen and Bob Thompson, President, Fox Sports Networks.  In May, FSN also reached a multi-year renewal to remain the conference’s exclusive national basketball television partner.  Financial terms were not released.

The extension provides FSN national cable and new media rights for football and 35 other events.  As for new media, 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 exclusive rights to selected games, FSN has certain exclusive telecast windows for its live Pac-10 football coverage. 

 In addition to the rights provided to FSN and its related new media platforms, the deal gives Fox College Sports (FCS) the right to carry all games and events FSN televises, as well as access to the Pac-10’s extensive library of archived football and Olympic sports events.

 “We’re extremely pleased that Pac-10 Conference football 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.

 Added Hansen: "Because FSN has been such a cooperative and supportive partner of our football and basketball television programs, we are especially pleased that we have extended our football rights over a term to match the extension in basketball. FSN understands and values the Pac-10 and its excellent programs in a broad range of sports, and it will provide the conference important exposure in many of them.  Extending both the football and basketball relationships with FSN is important and significant because of cross-promotional opportunities which will benefit both properties, FSN, and the conference."

 In addition to football and the Olympic sports events, FSN through its recently renewed Pac-10 basketball agreement has exclusive rights to 56 regular-season men’s basketball games (40 on cable; 16 broadcast) 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 the men’s and women’s conference tournaments.

 FSN’s Pac-10 basketball rights agreement includes control and direction of Pac-10 Properties.  The FSN-owned unit has the exclusive right to sell all Pac-10 sponsorship packages with respect to the men's and women’s basketball 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.

Notes... The Arizona-Arizona State football game has been a feature on FSN or its predecessor Prime Sports for nine of the last 10 years and will be shown again this November nationally by FSN... Announcers for FSN's Pac-10 crew this year are veterans Barry Tompkins on play by play, Petros Papadakis as color analyst and Jim Watson as the sideline reporter... UA partners with regional affiliate FSN Arizona and Host Communications to produce other games in football and men's basketball not selected by the networks...

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