ESPN, Missouri Valley Conference agree on 10-year extension
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) ESPN and the Missouri Valley Conference have agreed to a 10-year extension on their media rights deal that increases coverage of the league through the 2023-24 academic year.
ESPN retains the rights to the MVC's men's and women's basketball tournaments. Multiple men's basketball games as well as Olympic sports will be telecast across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS. ESPN and the 10-member MVC schools will work together to develop on-campus production capabilities involving students. Using those productions, ESPN3 will show a minimum of 820 events a year, including at least 70 men's basketball games, in the final six years of the agreement.
The MVC has been one of the top men's basketball conference outside the Power Five, led by Wichita State.