The University of Connecticut has selected SNY to be its women’s basketball regional television broadcast partner for the next four seasons, pending finalization of an executed contract between the parties.
This historic agreement will further reinforce UConn women’s basketball television package as the best in the nation, which will now include enhancements in terms of household reach, programming opportunities, and rights fees.
SNY will expand UConn women’s basketball television coverage to nearly 14 million homes. SNY’s regional territory includes all of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Northeast Pennsylvania for a reach of 8.7 million households. With national coverage on DirectTV, Verizon FiOS, Comcast Cable, and AT&T U-Verse, SNY’s total distribution is 13.7 million homes.
The rights fee provided to the University by SNY is anticipated to be $4.55 million over the four-year term of the contract, which will cover the 2012-13 season through 2015-16 – approximately $1.14 million annually. The rights fee in the previous four-year agreement for UConn women’s basketball television rights averaged $900,000 annually.
The new agreement with SNY will provide UConn with unique cross-promotional opportunities, as UConn’s television packages for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and football will all be shown by the same carrier. SNY is the local television home for Husky football and men’s basketball through rights granted by the BIG EAST Conference to ESPN Regional Television.
“I am very excited that SNY will be our television home for the next four years,” says UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma. “This agreement will continue to provide all of our loyal fans in the state of Connecticut an opportunity to watch our team play, and will also help us develop a whole new group of UConn women’s basketball fans throughout the Northeast and the entire nation. SNY will also allow us to showcase UConn women’s basketball to a larger audience, which will support our recruiting efforts and help us maintain the level of success in our program.”
Steve Raab, president of SNY said, “We’re thrilled to become the official TV home of UConn women’s basketball, the preeminent women’s basketball program in the nation. This is a landmark partnership and a special opportunity for SNY. Our unmatched distribution, unprecedented programming commitment, and live game production experience provides us the unique opportunity to help maintain and grow UConn’s leadership position.”
SNY is one of 14 regional sports networks managed by Comcast Sports Management Group. Comcast is the owner of NBC Universal and its NBC Sports Group. The entire NBC Sports Group will make Stamford, Conn. its new corporate headquarters next year.
“This new agreement with SNY will bring UConn women’s basketball to more Husky fans than ever before throughout the region and the nation,” said UConn President Susan Herbst. “This is a great opportunity for the University to further showcase our outstanding women’s basketball program and reach our enthusiastic alumni base, both inside and outside the state of Connecticut.
“I would like to thank Connecticut Public Television, which has been our women’s basketball television home for the past 18 years,” Herbst added. “CPTV has been a loyal and dedicated partner, and both CPTV and UConn have benefitted from the relationship. We look forward to maintaining a relationship with CPTV, both institutionally and in terms of athletics with their new CPTV Sports channel.”
Similar to past years, a minimum of 17 live UConn games will be televised as part of the SNY package. The exact number of games is dependent on several factors related to BIG EAST broadcast agreements, including the number of games selected for national television.
“I am very impressed with the coverage that SNY will provide to our women’s basketball program,” said UConn director of athletics Warde Manuel. “SNY has been a great partner as our television home of Husky football and men’s basketball, and we look forward to that relationship flourishing even more. SNY will provide our loyal Husky fans a terrific game presentation and production and will also feature a number of exciting multi-platform presentations.”
SNY will devote approximately 325 hours of coverage annually to UConn women’s basketball. In addition to the live games, there will be game replays, an in-season weekly coach’s show, and a new program called “Geno’s Legacy.” This program, which would have two to three episodes annually, would feature interviews with former UConn players who have played a major role in the history of the program and highlight what these players are now doing.
The annual number of hours also features in-depth pre-game and post-game shows for each broadcast that would originate live from SNY’s street-level studio – in the heart of Manhattan – directly across the street from Radio City Music Hall.
SNY is the official television home of the New York Mets, New York Jets, and the BIG EAST Conference. SNY features unparalleled, exclusive access to the New York Mets, with more than 130 live telecasts each, as well as other Emmy Award winning Mets entertainment programming. As the official TV home of the New York Jets, SNY delivers more than 300 hours of exclusive year-round content devoted to the Jets.
SNY also is the official TV home of the BIG EAST Conference – airing more than 125 BIG EAST football and basketball games – as well as other critically acclaimed BIG EAST programming.
As the leader in local sports TV coverage, SNY delivers the most comprehensive access to all of the Tri-State area’s professional and collegiate sports teams through five nightly sports and entertainment programs. SNY’s programming roster also includes classic sports programming, critically acclaimed original entertainment shows, and exclusive interview and magazine programs.