ESPN continued to bolster its lineup of college sports content for its upstart ESPN+ digital service by reaching a multi-year agreement with Conference USA.
The deal, announced Thursday (June 7), provides ESPN with more than 175 C-USA football and men’s and women’s basketball games. More than 100 of those will be streamed on the ESPN+ direct-to-consumer service, said network officials.
“As we look forward to the 2018-19 season and beyond, ESPN+ will offer the most expansive college sports lineup in the industry, right alongside professional leagues such as MLB, NHL, MLS and premier events from Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, UFC, the PGA Tour and more.” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president of programming and scheduling, in a statement. “We are thrilled to grow our relationship with Conference USA and have its 14 member institutions as part of the impressive digital lineup, which now features more games from the conference than any other network, including a significant number of post-season games.”
In addition, ESPN+ and ESPN3 will serve as the primary home of multiple C-USA Conference Championships across a variety of sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball. Also, ESPN’s digital platforms will spotlight additional conference championships throughout the year with special highlight shows.
ESPN’s digital platforms will also spotlight additional Conference USA Championships throughout the year with special highlight shows. Among the sports expected to be featured are cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field; swimming and diving; golf; and tennis.