ESPN Radio to continue broadcasting BCS games

Updated: July 18, 2006, 5:13 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ESPN Radio will continue to broadcast Bowl Championship Series games after reaching a deal with Fox Sports on Tuesday.

ESPN Radio agreed to a four-year deal with Fox Sports, acquiring the broadcast rights to all BCS games televised on FOX.

"ESPN Radio's college football coverage features GameDay, which broadcasts from the sites of Saturday's biggest games during the regular season, so it makes sense that the network continues its presentation of the biggest postseason bowl games that determine the national champion," T.J. Lambert, vice president of sports for ESPN/ABC Radio Networks said.

The agreement with ESPN does not include satellite radio rights. A participating school rightsholder may locally broadcast the game in which their team is playing.

"We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with ESPN Radio, which has a long tradition of carrying the BCS," said Larry Jones, Fox Sports chief operating officer, on Tuesday.

Fox Sports kicks off its BCS coverage next January with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1, 2007), Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 2), Orange Bowl (Jan. 3), and the BCS national championship game (Jan. 8) from Glendale, Arizona.

ESPN Radio will broadcast the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 as part of a deal with ABC Sports.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.