On the day UConn officially joined the American Athletic Conference its four-year deal with SNY to televise women's basketball games and related content ended.

"There was a clause in the original deal stating that if UConn joined another conference during the term [four years], then [the deal] would be null and void," said UConn spokesman Patrick McKenna.

According to ESPN, the formation of the American Athletic Conference resulted in the negotiation of a new television agreement with the league.

The American controls the men's and women's basketball inventory for all 10 teams and the rights were then sold to ESPN, which, in terms of the UConn women, controls how all but the three games this season granted to CBS Sports Network will be shown.

Those games are Jan. 26 against South Florida, Feb. 16 at South Florida and March 1 against Rutgers.

Through this five-year deal, SNY this season purchased rights to air 17 UConn games, as well as studio programming, through SNY's regional footprint of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania, plus distribution whatever distribution it has on DIRECTV, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

But outside the SNY footprint, all but the three CBS games can be viewed online at ESPN3, currently available to more than 85 million homes to fans who subscribe to the Internet.

Last year, SNY offered a pay-per-view streaming service inside and outside the SNY footprint. That will no longer be the case.

An industry source said Thursday he didn't expect the ratings of UConn basketball on SNY to drop, especially for women's basketball, even though many of the network's regional teams that were in the Big East are gone.

Frede Added To SNY

SNY confirmed Thursday the hiring of Eric Frede as play-by-play announcer for all SNY-produced UConn women's games – replacing Andrew Catalon, now working with CBS Sports Network. Frede has served as a play-by-play announcer for Big East women's and men's basketball – including UConn games – plus games in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten and Atlantic 10. Frede has also handled play-by-play duties for the Boston Red Sox and New England Revolution – as well as served as studio host for Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and Boston Red Sox telecasts. Meghan Culmo and Kara Wolters will return to their respective analyst roles. Kerith Burke will again be the in-game reporter.