Oct. 5, 2012
WACO, Texas - Baylor University and FOX Sports announced a new multi-year agreement to televise the school's athletics events and related programming on FOX Sports Networks' platforms, which could include FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Southwest Plus or FOX College Sports.
The agreement features a comprehensive schedule of Baylor athletic events to be televised each year, including all available men's basketball games, a package of women's basketball games for the first time ever and mutually agreed upon Olympic contests, including baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball games. Beginning in the 2013-14 academic year, FOX Sports will also televise one Bears football game annually for the remainder of the deal. Telecasts of Bears football games will be produced by FOX Sports, while other Baylor airings will be produced by the school in collaboration with FOX Sports. Additional non-game programming mutually selected by FOX Sports and Baylor may also appear on FOX Sports platforms.
FOX Sports Southwest, which reaches approximately 9 million homes, will be the flagship network for Baylor Athletics with distribution throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Select Baylor events will be televised on other FOX Sports regional and national networks and digital platforms.
"We're excited to continue our relationship with Baylor and expand our partnership with the university even deeper," said FOX Sports Southwest Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtke. "This agreement is the perfect complement to our new FOX Sports Media Group deal with the Big 12 and fits in nicely with our mission statement to be the preeminent regional sports network in the Southwest. We look forward to showcasing more Baylor events and programming than ever before to Bears fans both regionally and nationally."
"The Baylor brand has never been stronger, and we are excited about the opportunity to build on the well-established partnership we have enjoyed for many years with FOX Sports," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "This agreement, coupled with the recently negotiated Big 12 television contracts, will afford unprecedented exposure for Baylor Athletics on FOX Sports Southwest and other FOX Sports platforms on both a national and regional basis, which will be a powerful asset in recruiting and a wonderful opportunity for our fans to enjoy more coverage than ever before."
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.
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 9 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.