Sports Group has reached a five-year agreement with the Colonial
Athletic Association for its basketball and football rights.
Sports Network will provide national television coverage for a minimum
of 12 men's basketball games each year, including the semifinals and
finals of the CAA Men's Basketball Championship. In addition, the NBC
Sports Network will televise a minimum of five CAA Football games
annually. The Comcast SportsNet regional networks, which have partnered
with the CAA for the past 28 years, will regionally televise 39
additional men's and women's basketball games. NBCSports.com will also
feature coverage of a variety of other CAA sports.
CAA becomes the first collegiate athletic conference to sign a
broadcast deal with the NBC Sports Network since its inception Jan. 2.
are thrilled to be associated with the NBC Sports Group," CAA commissioner Tom Yeager said. "The NBC Sports Network now provides a
national platform to elevate the conference in conjunction with the
relationship we've had with the Comcast SportsNets, which have been the
foundation of our television package for almost three decades."
The deal will begin with the 2012-13 school year and carry through 2016-17.
are very excited to begin our new relationship with the Colonial
Athletic Association and extend our college sports offerings," said
Michael Sheehey, senior VP, sports content and college sports, NBC
Sports Group. "Given our unique four-tier portfolio of assets, we are
able to deliver high-quality production of the conference's football,
basketball and other sports to viewers nationally, regionally and online
unlike anyone else."