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WCC/ESPN Summary

July 31, 2008

WCC Television Schedule


ESPN is the exclusive national broadcast provider of the WCC.

ESPNU will televise a minimum of 10 WCC events, including men's and women's basketball and Olympic sports.

A minimum of seven West Coast Conference regular-season men's basketball intra-conference games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC.

A minimum of three West Coast Conference men's basketball tournament games, including both semifinals and the Championship Game will be televised annually on ESPN/ESPN2 or ABC.

ESPN will have first selection of all WCC men's basketball games to air across its multimedia platforms.

For men's basketball, ESPN is the exclusive national cable and broadcast rights provider for West Coast Conference games through 2010-11. If ESPN is televising a game on any of its networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN 360) then ESPN owns the broadband rights. The WCC owns the broadband rights to all events ESPN does not televise on its family of networks.

About the West Coast Conference
The West Coast Conference was formed in 1952 and has evolved and grown to become a nationally recognized and competitive force in Division I intercollegiate athletics, with 13 conference-sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's crew, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball. The WCC is characterized by the stability of its membership - only two conferences have been together longer - and its unique emphasis on combining excellence in athletics with excellence in academics.

ESPNU launched on March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network features more than 550 live events annually, including college football, college basketball and Olympic sports from more than 25 Division I conferences, as well as premier high school content. The network also has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA for enhanced coverage of 22 NCAA Championships. In addition, ESPNU offers comprehensive studio programming and replays the best games of the week from ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television.

ESPNU currently reaches approximately 21 million homes through long-term carriage agreements with Time Warner, Charter, Cox, DIRECTV (Channel 609), EchoStar's DISH Network (Channel 148), Verizon, AT&T, Insight Communications, Mediacom, and various other affiliates. ESPNU is also available in high definition on ESPNU HD and online at ESPNU.com. In August 2007, it launched ESPNU Campus Connection, a multi-platform student-generated content initiative.