STILLWATER — Oklahoma State has a television partnership with FOX Sports in the works, a source told The Oklahoman on Thursday.
The potential deal, which was first reported by the Tulsa World, is believed to be similar to the ones Oklahoma announced Wednesday and Texas Tech and TCU announced Thursday that will televise school-specific programming across Fox Sports' various regional and national platforms. The source said it is unknown when the deal between OSU and FOX Sports will be finalized.
An OSU official would not comment when reached Thursday because nothing has been finalized. OSU athletic director Mike Holder did not return a message seeking comment.
OU and FOX Sports came to terms on a 10-year partnership called the Sooner Sports TV package, which will include live broadcasts of men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball games, as well as Olympic sporting events. It will also carry pregame and postgame shows for football games, coach Bob Stoops' weekly show and the spring football game. Regular-season football game coverage is not included.
“We examined the amount of programming that we would have available to us, so getting at least 1,000 hours of programming in a multi-platform network was really exciting for us,” said OU athletic director Joe Castiglione.
“This is at least 10 times the amount of programming OU has been able to offer previously to our fans.”
Texas Tech's multiyear agreement with FOX Sports officially launched with its Sept. 1 football game against Northwestern State. It will allow for broadcasts of all available men's basketball games, up to 20 Olympic sports and magazine shows such as Red Raider Weekly and Raider Power.
“Our new partnership provides a terrific platform for Texas Tech Athletics to extend its visibility to more than 9 million viewers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and beyond,” said Learfield Sports' VP of Digital and Television Media, Diane Penny. “We're really pleased to be working alongside FOX Sports to deliver excellent coverage for the Red Raiders regionally and nationally, while continuing to reach fans globally via the school's official athletics website.”
TCU's agreement also includes the rights to one football game each season (Grambling State for 2012), all available men's basketball games and mutually agreed upon women's basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball and Olympic events.
“I couldn't be more pleased with this partnership,” TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Fox gives us a great platform to share our product, not only in the state of Texas, but the surrounding states. It gives us unbelievable exposure.”
The OU, Texas Tech and TCU deals came one week after the Big 12 announced a 13-year contract with ESPN/ABC and FOX Sports for its broadcasting rights for football and men's basketball games.
The OU and Texas Tech agreements were made in conjunction with Learfield Communications, which manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 universities and associations, including OSU.