The Mountain West Conference and ESPN on Wednesday officially announced a multi-year deal to televise select conference football and men’s basketball games through 2019-20.
ESPN will televise up to 16 MW football games, plus every Boise State home game, as well as up to 31 men’s basketball games annually.
The ESPN deal does not supercede the MW’s agreement with CBS Sports Network, which remains the conference’s primary rights-holder. CBS Sports Network and ESPN will alternate game selections after CBS Sports Network gets the first pick. (CBS Sports Network retains the rights to Boise State road football games.)
Financial terms were not disclosed, but ESPN’s Brett McMurphy previously reported the two deals will be worth a total of about $18 million annually.
“The Mountain West looks forward to rejoining the ESPN networks beginning with our 15th season this fall,” MW Commissioner Craig Thompson said in a news release. “Coupled with CBS Sports Network, we anticipate tremendous national exposure over several outlets as the league continues its growth and development.”
Between the two networks, up to 44 football and 56 men’s basketball games will be televised annually on their various platforms.
The MW is also negotiating with CBS Sports Network to televise its first conference championship football game.