Wednesday, January 03, 2007

ESPNU, MAAC Basketball Reach TV Deal

It sure has been high time for low-profile sports conferences recently. Cable networks are battling each other to secure the rights to as many live college games as possible and tis has put small conferences are suddenly in demand. Alumni of Iona College, Manhattan College and Fairfield University can now catch their team’s college-basketball games on ESPNU as part of a three-year agreement between the network and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The agreement allows the network to broadcast at least eight of the conference's regular-season men's basketball games a year. The deal comes several weeks after the America Channel said it had reached deals with eight low- to mid-tier conferences to cover games starting this fall. Links: Multichannel News 01/03/97 – ESPNU Reaches MAAC Deal, Past SMM Post: 12/21/06 – The America Channel Grabs Rights to College Sports

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