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CBS Sports Acquires Big 12 Basketball Broadcast Rights

Through a deal with ESPN, CBS Sports has acquired the rights to broadcast college basketball games from the ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 starting with the 2012-13 season.

From the release, "The deal provides for 26 appearances per year, except for the first year which calls for 20 appearances, from top tier teams across the various Conferences, including six ACC appearances during the first-year of the deal and then 12 ACC appearances through the remainder of the agreement. In addition, CBS Sports will broadcast the Missouri Valley Conference Championship game for the length of the agreement and the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship game in 2013."

The league already carried the Big Ten and Conference USA championships, so CBS is definitely increasing its foothold into the NCAA basketball arena. It will be interesting to see whether or not this deal and coverage comes into play with the current rumors surrounding ACC exits from Florida State or Clemson.