ESPN has agreed to match NBC's offer for the Big East, agreeing to pay more than $20M per year for a six-year package, according to several well-placed sources. The two sides still are trying to work out various details about how many games ESPN will carry and where they will air. Sources said the Big East will have to take ESPN's offer to conference presidents, who will have to vote to approve the deal. No formal announcement is expected today. ESPN released a statement this afternoon saying, "Discussions with the Big East are ongoing." The Big East Conference also acknowledged that discussions are continuing.