CBS Sports Network snaps up MAC Conference rights from ESPN

US pay-television broadcaster CBS Sports Network has struck a rights deal to show American football and basketball games from the US Mid-American Conference.

The rights, which will cover four years, from 2015-16 to 2018-19, were acquired in a sublicensing deal with pay-television sports broadcaster ESPN.

The deal covers up to six American football games and seven basketball match-ups in year one followed by up to 12 games of each sport in the remaining three years of the deal.

In the 2015-16 year, the six American football games will include two Thursday and three Saturday games as well as one game on the Friday after Thanksgiving.