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NBC, Big East working out lucrative TV deal

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09:31 PM ET 02.13 | NBC is quickly making a name for itself in the sports world as a legitimate outlet for getting your sports fix. From the NBCSports Network, which has successfully made the devoutly loyal NHL audience their own to its dominance of NFL coverage, NBC is quickly expanding into a real force that can challenge ESPN's rule as a sports network titan. But one thing it doesn't have is a real college pull. But NBC is looking to change that, and they're in talks with the Big East to strike a lucrative deal that would make the Peacock the primary outlet for Big East sports. The crown jewel of the deal is that NBC would retain the rights to air games for the Catholic 7, a group consisting of Georgetown, Seton Hall, DePaul, St. John's, Providence, Villanova and Marquette. Notre Dame, Louisville and Rutgers would be included in this deal with NBC, giving the network one of the most attractive college basketball packages currently on the air. Should they strike this deal, NBC would be ready to take on both ESPN and CBS when it comes to college basketball coverage in the future. Right now, FOX has a $40 million deal on the table that would give them the rights to the Catholic 7 and at least one more team from a group that includes Xavier, Butler, Saint Louis, Dayton, Creighton, Richmond or VCU.

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February 13, 2013  09:42 PM ET

Creepy!!

February 13, 2013  09:46 PM ET

zzzzzz

February 14, 2013  02:22 AM ET

repeat

February 14, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Self-promotion for the CNN-owned Fansided

February 14, 2013  08:50 AM ET

NBC has dominated nfl coverage? Since when?

 
February 14, 2013  01:47 PM ET

The Catholic Seven are the true Big East. They are the essential part of the core upon which the conference was originally built. They deserve to keep the Big East name more than any other current or future members. The Big East should be a CBB-centered conference. Any members with CFB programs should be free to associate football-only with other organizations.

The CFB-oriented current conference PTBs should seek to form their football-centric conference under a new name.

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