ESPNU Reaches MAAC Deal


Alumni of Iona College, Manhattan College and Fairfield University can now catch their team’s college-basketball games on ESPNU as part of a three-year agreement between the network and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The deal, which runs through the 2009-10 season, calls for ESPNU to televise at least eight regular-season men’s-basketball games and four Olympic sports events. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise two men’s-basketball games each year, as well as the MAAC men's-basketball-championship game.

The new pact also includes distribution rights for MAAC programming across multiple ESPN platforms, including, ESPN360,, ESPN Pay-Per-View, ESPN Video-on-Demand, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes.

“We are thrilled to have MAAC sports as a regular fixture on ESPNU,” vice president and general manager Burke Magnus said in a prepared statement. “This agreement gives MAAC fans an opportunity to see their favorite teams for years to come on our growing national platforms.”