ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that ESPN and the Mountain West Conference are nearing a seven-year deal for the conference’s television rights through the 2019-20 academic year.
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According to the report, ESPN would televise up to 22 football games every year — including all Boise State home games — and 25 basketball games per year. The league’s basketball games have been notoriously difficult to find this season on many cable packages, if they are televised at all.
A source told McMurphy the total media rights deal, including an existing agreement with CBS Sports Network, would increase the value to $18 million per year. The CBS deal runs through the 2015-16 academic year and reportedly paid the conference $12 million per year.