Conference USA announced a multi-year national television deal with ESPN, CBS Sports Network, The American Sports Network, and beIN SPORTS to wrap up the annual spring meetings.
"We explored a number of traditional, digital and additional outlets during the negotiation process," Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod said. "Our interests are aligned and we are very excited about the potential of these partnerships. All parties will reap the benefits of these agreements."
An ESPN network will televise its 12th consecutive C-USA Football Championship game in 2016 and 2017. Additionally, ESPN will provide season-long coverage of the league, airing five regular-season football games this season and in 2017 across its networks.
Additionally, no men's or women's basketball games will be picked up by ESPN.
CBS Sports Network will continue to provide a variety of marquee Conference USA events, airing the 2017 C-USA Men's Basketball Championship title game for the first time, as well as the Women's Basketball Championship game. In addition, CBS Sports Network will carry six football and six men's basketball contests during the regular-season.
American Sports Network (ASN) returns for its third season as a Conference USA partner. The terms of the agreement guarantees ASN will showcase a minimum of 15 regular-season football games, 13 regular-season men's basketball games and two women's basketball games per season. Furthermore, it has the option to select additional inventory up to 15 football, 42 men's basketball, three women's basketball and 10 Olympic sport events and conference championships. This January, ASN launched a 24/7 channel in nine markets and is currently found within 20 markets.
Conference USA becomes the first collegiate conference to partner with beIN SPORTS, a global leader in sports content distribution and the No. 1 growing Nielsen-rated cable network in the United States above all networks. The multi-year deal with beIN of 10 football games, 10 men's and 10 women's basketball games, 12 baseball and 12 softball games, 10 men's and 10 women's soccer matches and ten (10) women's volleyball games, giving C-USA Olympic sports some TV exposure.
Expect times, and TV schedule for the 2016 football season to be announced in the coming weeks.