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Ivy League signs fresh ESPN agreement

The Ivy League US collegiate sports conference has signed a new long-term partnership with ESPN that will result in a host of events being showcased on the sports broadcaster’s new OTT platform, ESPN+.

The 10-year agreement will include linear coverage of at least 24 events annually, with more than 1,100 events to be covered by ESPN+ each year. ESPN has become the exclusive national media-rights partner for the conference.

Every American football and men’s and women’s basketball game will be shown, along with hundreds of games from additional sports. At least 12 conference post-season events will be showcased.

A minimum of 24 regular-season and post-season events will be broadcast annually on ESPN's linear networks, including selected American football, basketball and Olympic sports events.

ESPN’s coverage of the conference’s eight member institutions will be increased from the 2018-19 season, with live events, highlights and special league content to be made available. ESPN+, which will be available for $4.99 (€4.07) per month, will provide fans with more games and content at a lower cost than the current Ivy League Network.

The Ivy League and its member schools will also continue broadcasting several events across multiple sports through their regional network partners. All games televised by regional networks will be made available locally and nationally on ESPN+.

ESPN announced earlier this week that ESPN+ will launch on April 12.