Okay, technically it’s called “The Mtn” — abbreviated for “The Mountain” — but saying “The Mtn” was shutting down somehow made me think Mountain Dew was going to stop production or something and I panicked.
Anyway, the Mountain West’s cable channel is shutting down after six years and will go dark on May 31, the Sports Business Daily reports. The channel’s employees were reportedly notified today and CBS Sports could wind up with the media rights for basketball and football. The Mtn is currently under split ownership by CBS Sports Network and Comcast Sports Network.
The Idaho Statesman also has a good write-up on what that means for MWC teams in 2012.
The move to shut down the network isn’t all that surprising given the uncertainty surrounding the future of the MWC. The MWC and Conference USA have worked together for several months to try to achieve some level of security in times of realignment. Merging the conferences and keeping them separate are still options at this time. Also no shocker is the fact that the two conferences will go the route that produces the highest TV deal.
A decision on the future of C-USA and the MWC was reported to be made some time this month.