TCU and Fox Sports Announce Tier 3 Media Rights Deal

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 10: Texas Christian University Athletic Director Chris Del Conte flashes the 'Horned Frogs" during a press conference in which TCU accepted an invention to join the Big XII conference on October 10, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

From TCU Athletics... Huge news, something FOW reported a week ago (you're welcome).

TCU and FOX Sports announced Thursday a new multi-year agreement to televise the school's athletics events and related programming on FOX Sports Southwest and other FOX Sports regional and national networks.

The agreement features a comprehensive schedule of TCU athletics events to be televised annually, including one Horned Frog football game, all available men's basketball games and mutually agreed upon Olympic sports, including women's basketball, baseball, soccer and volleyball contests. The Horned Frogs' Sept. 8 home opener against Grambling State on FOX Sports Southwest officially kicked off the partnership. Telecasts of TCU football games will be produced by FOX Sports, while other TCU airings will be produced by students in the sports broadcasting curriculum of TCU's Department of Film, Television and Digital Media in collaboration with FOX Sports.

FOX Sports Southwest, which reaches approximately nine million homes, will be the flagship network for TCU Athletics with distribution throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Select TCU events will be televised on other FOX Sports regional and national networks and digital platforms.

"This is an exciting time for TCU as it celebrates its first season in the Big 12 and we're thrilled to partner with the school to give fans more access to Horned Frogs athletics," FOX Sports Southwest senior vice president/general manager Jon Heidtke said. "We look forward to helping TCU broaden its exposure by showcasing a great lineup of sporting events across the region."

"We are very proud of our new relationship with FOX Sports," TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte said. "FOX Sports is such a recognizable brand and a perfect fit for us. Having our games on FOX Sports Southwest and other FOX Sports properties enables us to bring the Horned Frogs to fans in our geographic footprint and beyond."

Lee H. Berke, president and CEO of LHB Sports, Entertainment & Media, Inc., is advising TCU on developing the school's media partnership with FOX.

About FOX Sports Southwest
FOX Sports Southwest produces over 700 events and nearly 3,000 hours annually of local original sports programming in high-definition. The regional sports network reaches over nine million television homes in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. Collegiate programming includes Big 12 Conference, SEC, ACC and Conference USA events. FOX Sports Southwest also provides exclusive home team coverage of the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Stars, FC Dallas and the San Antonio Silver Stars. For complete regional sports news, commentary from team correspondents and telecast schedules, visit www.foxsportssouthwest.com.

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