CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Patriot League and CBS Sports Network announced Wednesday a multi-year television deal, in which the Network will air Patriot League’s men’s and women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and football. The deal provides for a minimum of 12 Patriot League men's basketball regular-season and tournament contests, including the men's basketball championship, which will air on CBS Sports Network for the first time.
The Patriot League Women’s Basketball Championship game will also be televised by CBS Sports Network, with additional coverage during the regular season. Coverage of the entire Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will be shown on the Network for the third consecutive year, with a minimum of four regular-season games also televised. In addition, at least two football games will be broadcast each season.
"We are excited for the opportunity to showcase multiple Patriot League sports and student-athletes on CBS Sports Network,” said Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich. “This comprehensive partnership positions the Patriot League with an emerging leader in collegiate sports for years to come and continues a long-standing relationship.”
“We are proud to expand our relationship with the Patriot League, which has been a valued programming partner of CBS Sports Network for many years,” said David Berson, Executive Vice President, CBS Sports and President, CBS Sports Network. “We look forward to continuing to tell the compelling stories of the Patriot League, its teams and student-athletes.”
The expanded partnership with CBS Sports Network provides the most far-reaching television contract in Patriot League history. More televised men’s basketball and football games will be shown in high definition, with CBS Sports Network holding the right to select additional sporting events. The Patriot League enters into its ninth consecutive year in partnership with CBS Sports Network.
"We compliment and congratulate the members of our Patriot League office and the CBS Sports Network for structuring and completing this arrangement,” said Bill Griffin, Lehigh Associate Athletic Director for External Relations and Advancement. “It is an exciting expansion and extension of our league's partnership with the CBS Sports Network and we look forward to sharing in its benefits along with the other Patriot League institutions.
Griffin continued, “While our own institutional plans for television coverage across the 2011-2012 seasons are still being discussed, the end result will be a highly complementary package that provides enhanced visibility for Lehigh."
Last year, seven Lehigh contests aired on CBS Sports Network: four men’s basketball games, two men’s lacrosse games and one women’s lacrosse contest.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country to 95 million homes through local cable and video providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 152.