MAC & CBS Sports Network Announce Four Year Contract Extension
MAC & CBS SPORTS NETWORK ANNOUNCE FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION TO TELEVISE FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL THROUGH THE 2022-23 SEASON
CBS Sports Network to air up to 12 football and 12 men’s basketball games annually through sublicense agreement with ESPN
DETROIT, Mich. – The Mid-American Conference announced today a multi-year extension with CBS Sports to televise MAC football and basketball games through the 2022-23 season on CBS Sports Network. The deal, which is a four-year extension from the original deal signed in the 2015-16 season, continues through a sublicense agreement with ESPN.
CBS Sports Network will air a maximum of 12 football and 12 men’s basketball games annually, along with televising the MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals and the MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship from Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
“This multi-year extension with CBS Sports Network continues our national exposure of MAC football and basketball games to provide a platform for our student-athletes, coaches and programs to showcase their talents to a national audience,” said MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher. “Having CBS Sports continue their relationship with our Conference shows the commitment our national television partners have in the Mid-American Conference and our fan base.”
“We are excited to continue our partnership with the MAC,” said Dan Weinberg, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “The MAC is a strong conference with a top-notch pedigree comprised of high-quality members all playing on the national stage, and we look forward to showcasing the league on CBS Sports Network in the years ahead.”
CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is widely available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network steam is available through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App by authenticating with select providers. For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 10 members of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in five states – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Ohio.
Current MAC schools and the year they joined are – East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947). The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information on the Mid-American Conference visit www.GetSomeMACtion.com.
CBS Sports Network is widely available throughout the MAC footprint on the following providers and channels:
- DirecTV: 221 (SD & HD)
- Dish: 158 (SD & HD)
- Verizon FIOS: 94/594 (HD)
- AT&T U-verse: 643/1643 (HD)
- Time Warner Cable: 322/1322 (HD)
- COX: 207/1207 (HD)
- Buckeye Cable (Toledo area): 170/655
- Comcast: 418, 734/232, 255, 1721 (HD)
- Charter: 224/714 (HD)
- Bright House: 165/365
- Comcast: 274, 418, 531/232, 1721 (HD)
- Comcast: 418, 531/232, 963 (HD)
- Charter: 207, 306/675, 821 (HD)
- Time Warner Cable Buffalo: 315 (SD & HD)