The Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin announced Thursday that the ESPN family of networks will be broadcasting a 46-game telecast package of Valley athletics.
In its third year of a five-year agreement, the conference will show 26 men’s basketball games on ESPN networks, which will be carried on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN3. The other 20 contests will feature volleyball, women’s basketball, and baseball.
“Through its various platforms, ESPN provides us with an essential national promotional vehicle,” Elgin said in a release by the conference. “Our institutions recognized the importance of ESPNU and ESPN3 in the formative days of both outlets, and as a result, ESPN has rewarded the league with heightened exposure.”
In addition to the men’s basketball, the MVC volleyball and baseball tournaments will be shown on the ESPN networks and two women’s basketball games will be broadcast.
The University of Evansville men’s basketball team will be featured in four games in the package this season. UE’s conference home opener against Indiana State on Jan. 4 will be featured on ESPNU, and three road games (Northern Iowa on Jan. 29, Wichita State on Feb. 1, and the Sycamores on Feb. 19) will all be broadcast on ESPN3.
Two men’s basketball games on March 1, the Valley’s Wildcard Weekend, have yet to be determined. The Aces travel to Chicago to play Loyola in the final regular-season conference game.
“We have successfully utilized the Wildcard selection process for ESPN games since 2008,” said Jack R. Watkins, MVC Associate Commissioner in a release. “The Wildcard process provides the flexibility necessary to showcase our best match-ups on those dates for distribution on ESPN’s networks.”
For the ninth-consecutive season, CBS will broadcast the MVC Championship game, which will be Sunday, March 9.
For the full release and schedule, visit mvc-sports.com.