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Report: ESPN agrees everyone needs more MACtion

Rod Carey

Tuesday and Wednesday night games have become a staple of college football. The MAC embraced these nationally televised games as a way to place the national spotlight on its programs. ESPN has been the catalyst for these games, and it will remain so.

According to The Associated Press, ESPN extended its current contract with the MAC, which was signed in 2009, by 10 more years. The deal now runs through the 2026-2027 season.

Under the previous agreement, ESPN paid the conference $1.4 million per year. The exact amount of the new contract has yet to be revealed, but the previous number is expected to dramatically increase to reach levels close to those signed by Conference-USA and the Mountain West Conference. Each of those conferences receives at least $11 million annually.

As part of the agreement, ESPN will hold all distribution rights for MAC football, basketball and some Olympic sports.

The MAC isn’t considered one of the “Power Five” conferences, but the league fills an important roll in providing content for a major television network. In return, the MAC receives the level of exposure it desperately needs. And fans usually get to enjoy some crazy high-scoring football games in the middle of the week when major college football and the NFL aren’t playing.

It’s a win-win for everyone.

(Hat Tip: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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5 Responses to “Report: ESPN agrees everyone needs more MACtion”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:37 PM

    Please NO!

  2. wisbadgfan says: Aug 18, 2014 5:41 PM

    MAC games are fun to watch —–they are entertaining.

    Some really good football players come out of that conference.

  3. buckeye044 says: Aug 18, 2014 6:46 PM

    Everyone needs more MACtion…..Go Redskins…..errr Hawks

  4. laxer37 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:25 PM

    Last 2 NFL drafts the MAC has produced the 1st overall pick and the 5th overall pick.

    The only difference in the level of play from the power conferences is the team depth behind the starters.

  5. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 19, 2014 8:28 AM

    I think what ESPN meant to say is they extended the Big 10 TV contract considering MAC Teams beat BigTen teams every year. The BigTen is only slightly better than the MAC.

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