NEW YORK – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The BIG EAST and Big 12 Conferences announced the creation of a non-conference scheduling series for four seasons, beginning in 2019-20 and continuing through 2022-23. Ten games between the two leagues will be played each basketball season during the month of December.
The yet unnamed series will be played in the local markets of the home teams. An equal number of games shall be played in each conference’s home market each year — five for the BIG EAST and five for the Big 12. The home school will have the right to determine the venue of its game.
The broadcast rights of the games will be determined by the conference national television rights agreement of the home team. The BIG EAST’s men’s basketball television rights are controlled by FOX Sports, and the Big 12 television rights are controlled by ESPN.
“This full-participation series assures our schools of premier non-conference competition that will only add to the strength of our two conferences,” said BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman. “We look forward to working with the Big 12 to create an exciting new set of rivalries for our players, coaches and supporters.”
“The Big 12 looks forward to competing against the BIG EAST in this scheduling series. It will provide both conferences with high-quality intersectional matchups on an annual basis that will be of interest to basketball fans across the country,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
The two conferences will collaborate to determine the annual matchups for the series. All 10 schools from each conference will participate each year, and each team will play four times over the four seasons of the agreement.