ESPN has inked a new deal with the Sunbelt Conference.
The new deal takes the partnership between the worldwide leader in sports and the conference through the 20207-’28 season. The groups’ current contract was set to expire at the end of the 2019-’20 season, extending that deal out an additional eight seasons.
The new agreement makes ESPN the exclusive broadcast partner of the Sunbelt Conference, giving coverage to more than 500 conference-controlled events across the conference’s 18 sports on the ESPN television networks and on ESPN+. Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President of Scheduling and Acquisitions said the new deal was a boon both for ESPN and for the Sunbelt Conference.
“ESPN has a long, mutually beneficial relationship with the Sun Belt, dating back to our foundational years,” Magnus said. “We are thrilled to take that relationship to a new level via this new innovative and exclusive extension, while also deepening our commitment to serving college sports fans. More Sun Belt events and content than ever will now be available to fans however they choose to consume them in a more personalized and targeted manner.”
Karl Benson, Sun Belt Conference Commissioner, agreed.
“The continuation of our agreement with ESPN marks one of the most historic announcements since the Sun Belt’s founding in 1976,” Benson said. “This is truly an ‘all in’ collaboration with ESPN, the Sun Belt, and our member institutions, and the volume of accessibility of our games will have a profound impact on the future of the Sun Belt. We have enjoyed a long relationship with ESPN since its founding in 1979, and we look forward to being featured on its newest platform, ESPN+, which promises to revolutionize how fans of the Sun Belt and of all college sports watch their favorite teams in action.”
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