Snowmageddon 2014 will prevent all of us from enjoying more MACtion.
With the city of Buffalo completely snowed over and suffering from blizzard conditions, a college football contest became a secondary concern.
The MAC announced Thursday that the meeting between the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Buffalo Bulls, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been cancelled.
The two sides hoped to play Friday, but the conference decided the game will not be rescheduled.
“Despite the best efforts of all involved, it will not be feasible to play the football game between Kent State and Buffalo on Friday,” MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said in a statement. “The game has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The safety of the student-athletes and fans is paramount. We want to be respectful of the efforts of the emergency service personnel in the Buffalo area who are working to assist those in need.”
The two teams will finish their seasons under revised schedules. Both teams will play their final games on Friday, Nov. 28. Kent State will face the rival Akron Zips at Dix Stadium, while Buffalo will travel to Amherst, Mass. to challenge the UMass Minutemen.
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)