ESPN+, the US sports broadcaster’s subscription streaming service, has further bolstered its college sports lineup through a new, multi-year agreement with Conference USA.
The deal comes on the back of a similar agreement signed with the Atlantic 10 Conference last month. It will deliver more than 175 C-USA games to fans each year, including more than 125 combined American football, men’s and women’s basketball games, with more than 100 of the total games on ESPN+ and the remaining games on ESPN3.
In addition, ESPN’s digital platforms become the primary home of multiple C-USA Conference Championships, while also adding exclusive early round men’s and women’s basketball championship action.
This season, commencing from August 25, 45 Conference USA football games will be available on ESPN’s digital platforms, with 32 streaming on ESPN+. Among the games carried on the subscription service are the home openers of UAB, Charlotte, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Rice, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, and Louisiana Tech and eight conference games in the season’s final three weeks.
Conference USA men’s and women’s basketball will expand their presence on ESPN’s digital platforms under the new deal, with more than 85 regular season games available each season and exclusive coverage of both conference championship’s first rounds.
Together, ESPN+ and ESPN3 will now be the primary home of multiple C-USA Conference Championships, with more than 40 post season games each year across the likes of men’s and women’s football, volleyball, baseball and softball.
ESPN’s digital platforms will also cover additional Conference USA Championships throughout the year with special highlight shows. Among the sports expected to be featured include cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, swimming and diving, golf and tennis.