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While WVU has been bogged down in a battle over its Tier 3 media rights that has included acrimonious lawsuits, Big 12 rival Kansas reached a seven-year agreement, beginning in the 2013-14 school year, with ESPN.
Under the agreement, ESPN3 annually will carry a minimum of 70 live events distributed nationally, one of the largest deals the multiscreen network has signed to date.
Kansas Athletics announced recently an agreement under which Time Warner Cable will annually air 50 KU contests — including two exhibition and four non-conference men’s basketball games – exclusively on Metro Sports in Kansas City and in the state of Kansas. ESPN3 will deliver those 50 events nationally outside that territory. ESPN3 will also carry — exclusively — a minimum of 20 additional contests nationally, including in Kansas City and the state of Kansas.
ESPN3 currently reaches more than 85 million homes nationwide to fans that receive their Internet or video subscription from an affiliated provider.
The 70 events include one regular-season football game, the football spring game, six men’s basketball games (including two exhibition games) and basketball’s Late Night in the Phog, as well as 16 women’s basketball games. ESPN3 will also deliver the Kansas Relays and multiple volleyball, baseball, softball and women’s soccer games.
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Schools do not always get an immediate All-American through a transfer, but that’s what WVU got when running back Charles Sims transferred to the Mountaineers from Houston. Just two days after the transfer was announced officially, Athlon Magazine came out had Sims as its fourth-team, All-American all-purpose back.
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John Pacquette, long-time director of communications for the Big East Conference, announced his retirement this week. The conference has a new commissioner and has become the All-American Conference.