ESPN, Big East agree to TV deal

The Big East Conference confirmed Saturday that ESPN has matched a media rights deal offer, keeping the network as the league's primary rights holder.

The deal is for seven years and worth $130 million through the 2019-20 school year, league sources said. The Big East's new deal is worth less per school than its current ESPN deal and six times less than what ESPN presented two years ago.

The conference did not reveal terms of the agreement in its announcement.

The league's presidents could vote as early as Monday, when they are expected to approve the deal, sources said.

Last week, the Big East received an official offer from NBC Sports Network, but because ESPN is currently the primary rights holder, it had one week to match NBC's offer to retain the Big East's rights.

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