CAA strikes TV deal with NBC Sports Group

The Colonial Athletic Association and NBC Sports Group announced a five-year deal on Monday that includes an increase in the number of nationally televised football and men’s basketball games.

CAA commissioner Tom Yeager declined to provide financial details, other than to say it’s a significantly enhanced position. The partnership begins in 2012-13.

The NBC Sports Network will nationally televise 12-18 men’s basketball games, including both semifinals and the championship game of the conference tournament for the first time. It will also nationally televise at least five football games in what Yeager said is a first for an FCS conference. Comcast regional sports networks will televise 39 additional men’s and women’s basketball games, including the quarterfinals of the men’s basketball tournament and the semifinals and finals of the women’s tournament.

Yeager said the number of the televised games will remain roughly the same, but more games will be broadcast nationally under the new deal as compared to existing contracts. He said storyline and regional interests will determine which games are broadcast nationally.

The contract could result in the men’s basketball tournament moving to the second week of March, when many other tournaments are held. The CAA traditionally is held the first week of March. Yeager said TV and operation schedules will factor into that decision, which will be discussed after the conference’s athletic directors in June.

The CAA, which includes Georgia State, has sent two teams to the Final Four in men’s basketball in recent years. It is considered one of the strongest football conferences in the NCAA, sending a team to the national championship game in five of the past six years.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

17 comments Add your comment

zgoldAtl

February 13th, 2012
4:28 pm

This will only help GSU

GaStateChris

February 13th, 2012
4:37 pm

This is a big time deal. Excited to hear the $$$ amount.

GSU is in Atlanta

February 13th, 2012
4:43 pm

This is awesome for GSU and the future of our athletics programs, but I don’t think this compares with the deal that the SoCon signed with GPTV…What do you guys think?

RidgeRunner

February 13th, 2012
6:14 pm

Baby steps, but a little more every few years enhances the brand.

Gotta Love Southern Fans

February 13th, 2012
8:53 pm

Does the Southern game come on before or after Sesame Street? Oh wait, the game was bumped for WordGirl? Fancy that.

Mike S

February 13th, 2012
10:10 pm

GeorgiaStateFan

February 13th, 2012
10:52 pm

I’m a troll and trolling’s what I do best.

Pounce Panther Gus Eagle Troll Extraordinaire

February 13th, 2012
11:01 pm

Someone put a gun to my head and made me type a response to all this trolling.

GSU Men's BB Fan

February 13th, 2012
11:57 pm

Hmmm….don’t know if like the CAA championship MBB game not being aired on ESPN. While I look forward to NBC Sports making a push and giving ESPN some competition, I would still like the most important CAA MBB game of the year to be on the most visible non-network sports channel.

Sluggo

February 13th, 2012
11:58 pm

Not ball at all. I hope to see us in one of those nationally televised games for both basketball and football.

GSU88

February 14th, 2012
7:56 am

lol… not as big as gptv with socon. gptv vs nbc, no contest.

GSUAlumBaseball81

February 14th, 2012
8:13 am

Awesome News!!! Go away GASO GNATS!!!

DowntownSmackdown

February 14th, 2012
9:08 am

NBC Sports? What is that, like channel 784? Yawn…

Not so fast my friend ... remember this?

February 14th, 2012
9:18 am

GSU_2012

February 14th, 2012
10:40 am

I am interested to see what the $$ difference is between our old deal and the new deal.

Georgia Southern here

February 14th, 2012
2:12 pm

What about Georgia Southern GUS? Do they give us any coverage?
We entitle to earning big too!!!

GSUAlumBaseball81

February 14th, 2012
9:57 pm

GSU PANTHERS win another CAA Basketball game! GASO gnats couldn’t win one in the CAA! lol NOT A FINGA chumps!!!