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 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 ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS
"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 VP of college sports. "We
look forward to once again showcasing the league's institutions,
student-athletes and compelling story lines across multiple sports and ESPN
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