Atlantic 10 hoops has new TV deals

The Atlantic 10 Conference has reached eight-year partnerships with ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Group for its media and television rights, the conference announced Tuesday, more than doubling basketball coverage beginning in the 2013-14 season.

Under the agreement, the ESPN family of networks will air 14 regular-season men's basketball games and two women's basketball games. CBS Sports will air 25 men's games and eight women's games, and NBC Sports will air 25 men's games and six women's games.

ESPN retained the rights to both the men's and women's basketball championship games, though ESPN has sublicensed the men's championship to CBS Sports since 2010. CBS Sports will broadcast the tournament semifinals, and NBC Sports will show the quarterfinals.

"The Atlantic 10 is a very deep conference with a proven track record of success at the highest levels of the sport," said Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming. "This long-term extension will continue to serve fans with the Conference's premier content across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU into the next decade."

The agreement with NBC Sports will put A-10 basketball games on NBC Sports Network for the first time. Under the deal with NBC, the NBC Sports Network will televise six games during the upcoming season.