Mid-American Conference Sets TV Deals with ESPN and SportsTime Ohio
For the fourth consecutive season, ESPN Regional Television and the Mid-American Conference have announced a six-week regionally syndicated football package which will air in 24 television markets, including WNDY-TV in Indianapolis.
In addition, the MAC has announced a new regional television agreement with SportsTime Ohio. The three-year agreement will provide an expanded number of televised conference football games, men's and women's basketball games, including both conference basketball tournaments, ancillary programming opportunities and additional neutral site conference championship programming in the sports of volleyball, baseball and softball.
"The Mid-American Conference is extremely pleased to partner with SportsTime Ohio to provide our conference, member institutions and most importantly our student-athletes the opportunity for an expanded platform to showcase their athletic abilities in various sports and conference championship events," said MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher. "This partnership will provide our fans the opportunity to enjoy an increase in MAC programming and a broader spectrum of athletic events."
In the first year of the agreement, the MAC will have a minimum of three football games and 33 basketball games, which will represent a 60% increase in the number of basketball games televised from the previous year.
The ESPN Regional Television package will include Ball State's Oct. 9, Homecoming Game vs. Western Michigan at Scheumann Stadium, which is slated for a noon kickoff.
"We are extremely excited about the upcoming football season and the MAC Game of the Week schedule," said Pete Derzis, senior vice president & general manager, ESPN Regional Television. "We have assembled an extensive group of MAC affiliates that reaches a significant base of college football fans. The demand for this content is a testament to the quality of MAC football."
All games will begin at noon ET and will be distributed nationally via the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view package, which is available to fans via cable, DIRECTV and Dish Network. The telecasts will also be available on ESPN3.com, ESPN's broadband sports network.
"In 2010, the Mid-American Conference hopes to build upon the success of our syndicated Game of the Week package from the past few seasons" said Steinbrecher. "This year's package presents a number of attractive match-ups. Through the efforts of our partners at ESPN Regional Television, we have a strong group of affiliates throughout the MAC footprint that assist in our continuing efforts to foster and grow the MAC brand."