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Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 13

Good afternoon Wildcats!

Today is a great day for Kansas State University and the Big 12 Conference!  Earlier this afternoon, the conference announced that it has agreed to a new 13-year television contract with FOX Sports that will run through the 2024-25 season. I am grateful for the leadership of the Big 12 Board of Directors, Commissioner Beebe and our conference administration as well as the FOX Sports team in partnering together on this significant agreement.

So what does this mean for K-State and all 200,000-plus alumni and friends across the country?

Not only does this new deal help further solidify the long-term future of the Big 12 Conference, but it also significantly enhances the national reputation and exposure of our league and each institution. One of our goals at K-State is to distribute as many Wildcat games as possible in all our sports and showcase our brand across the country. This agreement certainly will do that.

While the financial terms of the contract will put the Big 12's total distribution in the realm of other major conferences like the SEC and Big 10, it will also provide the most retained institutional retention rights for broadcasting and distributing content in all of college athletics.

Beginning in 2012-13, every Big 12 home football game will have the opportunity to be televised, and the arrangement offers us flexibility in terms of us broadcasting and distributing events that are not selected as part of the league's television package. We will also have the ability to replay games on our own institutional platforms following a 72-hour window from the original broadcast date.

It's also important to note that the conference will continue to maintain its current ABC/ESPN agreement for our top-tier football and men's basketball cable rights. That agreement runs through the 2015-16 season. So essentially, this new agreement with FOX will deal with football games not chosen by ABC/ESPN and 40 non-football events per season, 25 of which will be women's basketball games.

We are heading into the future with two terrific media partners in FOX Sports and ABC/ESPN and we know that your support had an impact on the national reputation and value of our league. We appreciate your direct support of our student-athletes and programs and are looking forward to great days ahead in the Big 12 Conference!

If you have questions or want to read more information about the new television agreement, visit k-statesports.com or big12sports.com.

That's it for today. We'll see you tonight at Tointon Family Stadium as the baseball team hosts in-state rival Wichita State at 6:30 p.m.

Go Cats!

John Currie