ESPN is expanding its college sports broadcasting rights with the news that they have renewed their agreement with the Western Athletic Conference.
The new agreement between the WAC and ESPN is a multi-year, cross-platform media rights agreement that will see more than 500 annual events on ESPN + and the ESPN app. ESPN will also broadcast select regular season men’s basketball games and the championship games of the WAC men’s and women’s basketball tournaments on the ESPN linear networks. All home football and men’s and women’s basketball matches will reside on ESPN platforms, along with other selected events. The WAC will also produce and broadcast over 70 championship events on ESPN + over the coming year.
“As the WAC expands its fan base into new markets across the country, we are delighted to continue ESPN’s association with the conference, which began over three decades ago. With over 500 annual events included in this new agreement, we look forward to showcasing the talented student-athletes and member institutions of the WAC, ”said Dan Margulis, ESPN Senior Director, Programming and Acquisitions.
ESPN’s latest deal is one of many that took place this year. Previously, ESPN had renewed its agreements with The Big West Conference and Big Sky Conference, both adding several college sports leagues to their vast library of ESPN + content.
“WAC and ESPN have a long history together and it is exciting to continue this relationship in the future,” said WAC Commissioner Jeff Hurd. “ESPN remains the gold standard in sport and this multi-year agreement will continue to help the WAC grow nationally.
The WAC includes Abilene Christian University, California Baptist University, Chicago State University, Dixie State University, Grand Canyon University, Lamar University, New Mexico State University, Sam Houston State University, Seattle University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Tarleton State University, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and University of Utah Valley.