SPOKANE, Wash. -- All Gonzaga basketball games will be televised for at least the next four seasons, athletics director Mike Roth said Wednesday.
In a deal with Seattle-based Fox Sports Net and Spokane's KHQ-TV, all home and road regular-season games not televised by another entity will be televised in the Pacific Northwest.
The agreement is for four years, with two, two-year renewals that could extend the pact to eight years, Roth said.
Financial details were not disclosed.
KHQ's three-year television agreement with Gonzaga expired at the end of the past season. The deal brought nine games this past season into Spokane-area homes that otherwise would not have been televised.
"I am excited about our partners," said Lon Lee, president of KHQ-TV. "We are extremely pleased to continue our association with Gonzaga University, and to be in partnership with Fox Sports Net takes the package to a higher level."
Under the agreement, Gonzaga basketball could reach nearly 5 million homes in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Alaska and the western provinces of Canada.
"FSN will guarantee coverage in the Seattle market for every game in the package, and our coverage will include the five-state region as much as possible," said Mark Shuken, FSN general manager.
Gonzaga, 28-3 last season and third in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll, had 30 of its 31 games televised either nationally, regionally or locally.
Gonzaga will also move into the new 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center this season.
"This is great for our program, the university and the Pacific Northwest," coach Mark Few said.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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