NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) -- ABC Sports reached an agreement with the Pac-10 Conference to continue televising the league's football games for the next five seasons.
The contract extension, which runs through 2011, was announced Tuesday and will include televising games on ABC's sister network, ESPN, for the first time since 1994.
"This new agreement will be mutually beneficial for the Pac-10, ABC Sports and ESPN," said George Bodenheimer, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports.
Pac-10 games have been televised by ABC for 18 season, including coverage of the Rose Bowl, which the network has broadcast since 1989. Last year, Pac-10 games were two of the top five highest-rated football contests on ABC Sports' football schedule. The Notre Dame-Southern California game, broadcast by ABC, was the top-rated telecast.
The first telecast for the 2005 season will be Sept, 3 when Southern California plays at Hawaii.