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Monday, August 18, 2014

The Mid-American Conference gets a new 13-year television deal with ESPN


According to a source close to the Associated Press, the Mid-American Conference agreed to a 13-year contract with ESPN. 


The agreement gives the network all television distribution rights to the league's football games through the 2026-27 season.


The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was still being completed and did not reveal financial details.


The MAC has three years left on its current eight-year deal with ESPN that pays the conference about $1 million per year.


The person says the new deal reworks the final years of the old contract. The new agreement also gives ESPN rights to some MAC men's and women's basketball and Olympic sports.


The conference has gained some notoriety in the last few seasons with its national weeknight schedule on the ESPN family of networks.

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