January 29, 2009

ESPN, MAC reach TV agreement

The Mid-American Conference has signed an eight-year contract to televise its sporting events on the family of the ESPN cable sports network through 2016-17.

The agreement includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN Full Court, ESPN International, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Classic for football, and men's and women's basketball.

It will nationally televise a minimum of 11 football games a year, with six on ESPN or ESPN2 and five on ESPNU.

Through demonstrated audience growth and success, both on the field and on the court, the MAC has proven to be a very popular and competitive conference, Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president, college sports programming, said in a statement. The MAC and its member institutions have always had a shared vision of the benefits of creative scheduling (and) we are excited to continue to provide national exposure of their football and men's and women's basketball action across our multiple platforms.