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CBS Sports makes deal with ESPN for college basketball games

CBS Sports has acquired the rights to broadcast men's college basketball games from the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences through an agreement with ESPN, it was announced Monday. The multiyear agreement begins with the 2012-13 season.

According to the press 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 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.

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