Conference USA announces multi-year deal with ESPN

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Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced Thursday a multi-year contract with ESPN.

The agreement triples ESPN’s inventory of CUSA events from the previous deal to include more than 175 events on ESPN+ and ESPN3 for the 2018-19 season. More than 100 of those games will air on the newly launched ESPN+ – the first multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company direct-to-consumer and international segment in conjunction with ESPN.

As part of the new deal, ESPN will air all remaining football games (approximately 45 in 2018) along with 60 regular-season men’s basketball games and 28 regular-season women’s basketball games. ESPN also picks up first-round men’s and women’s basketball action at the CUSA basketball tournament in Frisco, Texas.

Rounding out the contract, ESPN will become the primary home of multiple conference championships: men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball.

ESPN’s digital platforms will also spotlight additional CUSA championships throughout the year with special highlight shows. The sports expected to be featured include cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, swimming and diving, golf and tennis.