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NBC Sports Network renews Ivy League rights

The NBC Sports Network US cable channel has renewed rights for North American college sports conference the Ivy League in a two-year deal, from 2012-13 to 2013-14.

Under the deal, NBC Sports Network will show up to 10 American football games, 10 men’s basketball contests and four men’s lacrosse fixtures per year. The channel will also show the annual autumn American football game between Harvard University and Yale University in 2012 and 2013.

The network will be able to sublicense on additional Ivy League American football and basketball games.

“We are proud to again partner with the Ivy League, a conference whose institutions and student-athletes consistently comport themselves with great distinction while attracting an audience with a favourable demographic for our growing sports network,” Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network, said.

The NBC Sports Network, which was known as Versus before it was rebranded by the NBCUniversal media group at the start of this year, is available in almost 80 million US households.