ESPN Strikes Rights Deal with Mountain West ConferencePackage Includes 16 Football Games, Plus Boise State Home Contests 3/20/2013 12:43 PM Eastern
ESPN has reached an agreement in principle for media rights to the Mountain West Conference's football and basketball slate.
Per the agreement, ESPN gains worldwide exclusive rights for up to 16 Mountain West football games, plus every Boise State home game and up to 31 conference-controlled men's basketball games. The agreement runs from 2013-14 through 2019-2020. ESPN will also have TV Everywhere rights to make games available via WatchESPN.
As part of the deal, ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC will televise at least three Boise State football home games nationally. The Broncos' remaining home contests will air on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3 or ABC. Those networks will also air the 16 conference-controlled football games. The 31 conference-controlled basketball games will air on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS or ESPN3.
"It's great to be back in business with the Mountain West. They are a deep, high quality and competitive conference," said Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president of college sports in a statement. "We look forward to once again showcasing the league's institutions, student-athletes and compelling storylines across multiple sports and ESPN platforms."