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ESPN, MWC reportedly close finalizing TV deal

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Late last month, the Big East and ESPN agreed to a new television deal reportedly worth $130 million through the 2019-20 academic year. On Thursday, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that the World Wide Leader and Mountain West have reached a deal that would put the conference at similar, albeit slightly lower, numbers.

McMurphy reports that the new agreement, also through 2019-20, will bring the total rights value to $116 million for the conference, or about $18 million per year. That number includes the MWC’s existing deal with CBS Sports Network.

The deal, which is said to include 22 football games, all six of Boise State’s home games and 25 men’s basketball games,┬áis not finalized yet.

The Broncos decided right before the start of the year to remain in the Mountain West instead of moving to the Big East because of the constant uncertainty surrounding its future. San Diego State followed later in January. As it is today, the Mountain West has 12 members. The new deal with ESPN does not, however, include any additional revenue from a conference championship game. That amount is still to be negotiated.

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