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MAC confirms ‘historic’ broadcast agreement

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Monday it was reported that the Mid-American Conference had reached an agreement with ESPN on an extension of its broadcasting agreement.

Tuesday said agreement came to fruition.

The MAC announced in a press release this morning that it has reached a 13-year rights agreement with a ESPN that will be, the league wrote, “the largest and most extensive agreement in the 68-year history of the Conference.” The WWL will now control the broadcasting of all MAC sports, football in particular, through the 2026-27 season.

Every MAC football game, for instance, will be broadcast on one of ESPN’s myriad platforms. Also from the release:

The Marathon MAC Football Championship Game and the MAC football regular season is the foundation for the national deal with ESPN. The 2014 MAC football regular season will be highlighted by national coverage of 14 mid-week games during the month of November on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 as the Conference race unfolds in both the East and West divisions. The Marathon MAC Football Championship Game on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm ET will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

“This is a historic day for the Mid-American Conference,” said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher. “ESPN and the MAC have a long history together and were visionary in embracing mid-week football which continues to be a significant presence on the ESPN college football calendar. The length of this partnership brings long-term stability for the Conference well into the next decade.”

While no specific financial terms have been released, it’s believed the MAC’s new deal will put it on par with other non-Power Five conferences such as Conference USA and the Mountain West.

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6 Responses to “MAC confirms ‘historic’ broadcast agreement”
  1. kaspauf says: Aug 19, 2014 10:04 AM

    #MACtion in full effect

  2. florida727 says: Aug 19, 2014 1:20 PM

    I’m not a MAC fan per se, but I’m genuinely happy for them. Even if their schools never play for a national title, so what? They’re loaded with kids living the dream of playing intercollegiate sports at the D1 level. This is awesome. Good for them…

  3. pappyyppap says: Aug 19, 2014 2:48 PM

    Watch how well ESPN camera crews will NOT be scanning the crowds at these games as recent past attendance has shown that NOBODY wants to attend these gammes in person. Not because of the product on the field but because no one wants to attend weeknight games starting at 7pm EST when it is cold out and school or work follows the next day. The MAC has done a great job of selling itself out instead of trying to find another way to keep the Saturday afternoon tradition of football alive. So much for the tailgating experience or buidling a product that the on-campus students would want to partake in. Id rather watch a great DIII matchup on a Saturday afternoon than attend an MAC weeknight abortion.

  4. timmons94 says: Aug 19, 2014 3:15 PM

    The Mac is a great, great conference. Just glad my Falcons won another football title . If u live in Ohio or Michigan u can go to horseshoe or big house and drop 60-100 a ticket or can go to a Mac game for under 20 and watch great d1 football… Heck kent st had more players drafted than Texas. Not saying much hook em had zero drafted… Go bgsu

  5. musketmaniac says: Aug 19, 2014 9:57 PM

    love the mac, well at least betting them early as the underdog.

  6. hoosiercolts says: Aug 20, 2014 6:39 AM

    Chirp, Chirp. All about them Ball State Fighting Cardinals!!!

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