YES Network reaches deal with FOX Sports, to televise limited Big East games

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Wright and his Villanova Wildcats are gearing for the newest Big East campaign.

FOX Sports and the YES Network have reached an agreement which will allow up to ten Big East basketball games to be televised on New York's regional network in 2013-14.

As the Big East Conference enters its new era, it is transitioning into its exclusive contract with FOX Sports after a long run with ESPN. The deal with YES will now give the league an opportunity for more exposure in the New York market, where the conference tournament will take place at Madison Square Garden in early March.

As part of the agreement, the YES Network will also broadcast up to ten ACC football games and up to 23 ACC men's basketball games this upcoming season. With the additions of Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, and eventually Louisville from the Big East, the ACC is setting itself up to be a national powerhouse.

The presence of the Syracuse fanbase in the New York area was clearly a driving force for the YES Network to strike the deal. The Orange have advertised at Yankee Stadium over the past two years and participated in the Pinstripe Bowl in 2010 and 2012.

"This agreement is an example of the symbiotic relationship YES now enjoys with FOX, a new minority owner of YES," mentioned YES Network CEO and President Tracy Dolgin in a release.

The Big East's YES Network schedule will be very limited, and the terms of that telecast schedule will be announced at a later date. The metropolitan area will still have extensive interest in the Big East as it will display two of its major college basketball programs - Seton Hall and St. John's.

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