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WCC And ESPNU Reach New Multi-Year Agreement Through 2010-2011

March 5, 2007

BRISTOL, Conn. - ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, has reached a new multi-year agreement (through 2010-2011) with the West Coast Conference (WCC) for extensive coverage of men's basketball across ESPN's multimedia entities; it was announced by Burke Magnus, vice president and general manager, ESPNU, and West Coast Conference Commissioner Michael Gilleran. Tonight, ESPN will air the 2007 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Championship at 6:00 p.m. PT.

ESPNU and the West Coast Conference Overview:

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

  • A minimum of seven intra-conference men's basketball games annually, plus the semifinals and championship games of the WCC Tournament on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.

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

    "The West Coast Conference has emerged in men's basketball and we are excited to provide a national home equipped with extensive multimedia coverage of their schools and student-athletes," said Magnus.

    "We look forward to being a part of the continuing growth of ESPNU and the entire ESPN family of networks," said Gilleran.

    The new pact also includes distribution rights for the West Coast Conference programming across multiple ESPN platforms, including ESPNU.com, ESPN360, ESPN.com, ESPN Pay-Per-View, ESPN Video-on-Demand, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and more.

    About ESPNU
    ESPNU was launched in March 2005. The network features extensive studio programming and live coverage of games, including college football, college basketball and other Olympic sports from over 20 Division I conferences such as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Atlantic 10, Big 12, BIG EAST, Big South, Big Ten, Horizon League, Mid-American Conference, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), Patriot League, Southland, Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and more. In addition, the network has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA calling for enhanced coverage of 22 NCAA Championships, showcasing sports from each of the three collegiate seasons. ESPNU also has exclusive re-air rights to games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Regional television programming.

    In addition, ESPNU.com, the companion to the ESPNU college sports television network, is the online destination for college sports content, including news, information, extensive online video and audio and more.

    ESPNU has secured distribution agreements with Cox, DIRECTV (Channel 609), Echostar's DISH Network (Channel 148), Insight Communications, Mediacom, Verizon, several smaller affiliates and is close to distribution agreements with others. The 24-hour television network is the key component of the multimedia ESPNU initiative that will also deliver college sports content across ESPN's family of services, such as ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio, ESPN360, merchandising and more.

    About the West Coast Conference
    The West Coast Conference first got its start back in 1952. Now, 55 years later, it's a marvelously cohesive athletics league, which is competitive at the national level in 13 sports, in its 27th season under its present eight-team mix.

    The current members of the WCC span the western coast of the United States from Canada to Mexico, including Gonzaga, LMU, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara has remained unchanged since 1979, making the WCC the third most stable conference in the nation. Only the Ivy League and Pacific-10 Conference have been together longer.