Fox College Hoops
Also known asFox Primetime Hoops
CBB on Fox
GenreCollege basketball game telecasts
Presented byTim Brando
Aaron Goldsmith
Joe Davis
Kevin Kugler
John Fanta
Alex Faust
Brandon Gaudin
Adam Amin
Jason Benetti
Gus Johnson
Lisa Byington
Rob Stone
Mike Hill
Donny Marshall
Jim Jackson
Casey Jacobsen
Stephen Bardo
Bill Raftery
Jim Spanarkel
Nick Bahe
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
Production
Production locationsVarious NCAA arenas (game telecasts)
Fox Network Center, Los Angeles, California (studio segments, pregame and postgame shows)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time120 minutes or until game ends
Production companyFox Sports
Original release
NetworkFox (1995–present)
FS1 (2013–present)
FS2 (2013–present)
ReleaseJanuary 1, 1995 (1995-01-01)
Related
Fox Primetime Hoops

Fox College Hoops (also known as Fox CBB or Fox Primetime Hoops for games airing in primetime hours) is the branding used for Fox Sports broadcasts of college basketball for Fox, FS1 and FS2. Formally college basketball telecasts have also been carried by the Fox Sports Networks (FSN) and FX in the past (sometimes generically under the title College Hoops), the Fox College Hoops branding was introduced in 1994.

Games on Fox and FS1 include rights to the Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Mountain West as well as the early-season Fort Myers Tip-Off, Las Vegas Invitational, Crossroads Classic and Las Vegas Classic.

History

In 2013, Fox reached a 12-year deal to broadcast games from the Big East Conference (whose non-football schools had broken away from the conference under the Big East name, with the remainder becoming the American Athletic Conference).[1][2] CBS Sports sub-licensed rights to additional Big East games, mostly airing on CBS Sports Network.[3]

Since 2014, as part of its contract with the conference, Fox holds rights to 22 Pac-12 basketball games per-season, and splits coverage of the Pac-12 men's basketball tournament with ESPN and Pac-12 Network.[4]

In 2014, the main Fox broadcast network first aired the early-season Las Vegas Invitational and Las Vegas Classic events. The following year, Fox Sports bought both events outright.[5][6]

In 2017, Fox added coverage of selected Big Ten Conference games as part of a larger six-year contract, alongside ESPN and CBS, which had also given it rights to the conference's top football package. Fox Sports continues to operate Big Ten Network, which has carried Big Ten games since its launch in 2007.[7]

Beginning in the 2020–21 season, Fox holds a share of the Mountain West Conference's basketball and football packages, split with CBS.[8] To open the 2021–22 season, Fox aired six simultaneous Big East games on November 9, 2021, with all games streaming online, and "whiparound" coverage airing on FS1.[9][10] The network planned an unconventional broadcast for a November 23 game featuring Mark Titus and Tate Frazier (of the Fox Sports-distributed podcast Titus & Tate) commentating the game in the style of a podcast.[11]

On August 18, 2022, Fox renewed its rights to the Big Ten under a seven-year deal beginning in 2023–24, maintaining 45 men's basketball games per-season on Fox and FS1, as well as selected women's games.[12][13] In October 2022, Fox also renewed its rights to the Big 12 Conference, adding rights to a package of basketball games for Fox and FS1.[14]

For the 2022–23 season, Fox added a package of Saturday primetime games branded as Fox Primetime Hoops, and announced that six women's basketball games would air on the network—including the first Big Ten women's basketball games to air on Fox.[15][16]

In April 2024, Fox Sports announced a partnership with AEG to begin hosting a new postseason tournament—the College Basketball Crown—in Las Vegas beginning in 2025. This 16-team tournament will primarily feature teams from the Big East, Big Ten, and Big 12 conferences who did not qualify for the NCAA tournament.[17]

Coverage overview

Theme music

On December 7, 2018, it was announced that Fox would use John Tesh's "Roundball Rock"—the theme music of the former NBA on NBC—as its theme music for college basketball games beginning during the 2018–19 season.[18]

Personalities

Play–by–play

Color commentators

See also

References

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  2. ^ "New Big East, Fox Sports Formally Ink 12-Year, $500M Deal; ESPN Signs Mountain West". SportsBusinessDaily.com (Press release). Advance Publications. March 21, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "CBS will sublicense Big East basketball games from Fox through 2024-25". Awful Announcing. 2019-05-09. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  4. ^ Rosenblatt, Ryan (May 4, 2011). "Breaking Down The Pac-12's New TV Deal With ESPN/Fox & Pac-12 Network". Bruins Nation (SB Nation). Vox Media. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Ourand, John; Smith, Michael (March 16, 2015). "Fox takes over Vegas hoops tourneys". SportsBusinessDaily.com. Advance Publications. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Snel, Alan (November 17, 2015). "Fox Sports buys two Las Vegas college basketball tournaments". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (July 24, 2017). "Big Ten announces six-year deal with ESPN, Fox Sports worth $2.64 billion". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "SBJ Media: PGA Tour, Mountain West Get New Rights Deals". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved 2019-12-17.
  9. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (November 9, 2021). "Fox debuts a taller college basketball scorebug, takes criticism". Awful Announcing.
  10. ^ Kerschbaumer, Ken (November 10, 2021). "College Hoops 2021 Tip-Off: Fox Sports Goes Big for Big East Opening Night; Intros New Graphics Look". Sports Video Group.
  11. ^ Kerschbaumer, Ken (2021-11-10). "College Hoops 2021 Tip-Off: Fox Sports Goes Big for Big East Opening Night; Intros New Graphics Look". Sports Video Group. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  12. ^ Bucholtz, Andrew (2022-08-18). "Big Ten announces deals with Fox, CBS, NBC, including championship game splits". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 2022-08-18.
  13. ^ "Big Ten lands multibillion-dollar TV deal, the richest in college sports". Washington Post. 2022-08-18. Retrieved 2022-08-18.
  14. ^ "Big 12 reaches new media deals with ESPN, Fox". www.sportsbusinessjournal.com. Retrieved 2023-02-23.
  15. ^ "'FOX Primetime Hoops' Debuts December 10th". Barrett Media. 2022-11-07. Retrieved 2023-02-23.
  16. ^ "Big Ten Weekly Women's Basketball Central - Feb. 21-26". bigten.org. Retrieved 2023-02-23.
  17. ^ Steinberg, Brian (2024-04-03). "Fox, AEG to Compete With March Madness by Launching New Post-Season Hoops Tourney 'College Basketball Crown'". Variety. Retrieved 2024-04-30.
  18. ^ Curtis, Charles (December 7, 2018). "Fox Sports is bringing John Tesh's iconic 'Roundball Rock' back to basketball broadcasts". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved March 11, 2019.