Idle Notes: FOX Reportedly Lead Suitor For “Catholic 7″ (Also: MWC TV Deal, U.S. Open)


Fox Sports is reportedly the leader in the clubhouse for TV rights to the new “Catholic 7″ basketball league. In other news, the Mountain West and CBS have agreed to restructure their TV deal, and ESPN could reportedly go after full U.S. Open TV rights.

  • FOX Leads the Way For “Catholic 7″ Rights: Sports Illustrated reported Friday that Fox Sports is the “lead suitor” for television rights to the new college basketball conference featuring the “Catholic 7″ — a group of Big East basketball schools that have announced plans to leave the conference. While FOX has been “most aggressive” thus far, NBC Sports is considered the “other leading candidate.” (
  • MWC, CBS, Restructure TV Deal: The Mountain West Conference and CBS Sports have agreed to restructure their current television contract, reported Friday. Under the modified deal, the MWC will be able to negotiate television packages with two other networks. The length of the deal, which expires in the 2015-16 season, remains the same. (CBS Sports)
  • ESPN Could Get Full U.S. Open Rights, SI Scribe Says: ESPN “may take over” full television rights to the U.S. Open when CBS’ contract expires in 2014, Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim said in a mailbag this week. The network already owns complete rights to Wimbledon. There was no indication, however, that CBS was in danger of losing the rights. ( via Fang’s Bites)