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Sources: Big East, ESPN close to deal

Updated: February 21, 2013, 9:39 PM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN

The Big East and ESPN are finalizing a seven-year media rights deal worth $130 million through the 2019-20 school year, league sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy on Thursday. Last week, the Big East received an official offer from NBC Sports Network, but since ESPN is currently the primary rights holder it had one week to match NBC's offer to retain the Big East's rights.

ESPN matched the financial aspect, sources said. However, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco must be satisfied ESPN's ...

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