Tuesday August 19th, 2014

The Mid-American Conference and ESPN agreed to a 13-year rights agreement extension, which will be the league’s largest ever, the conference announced Tuesday.

The deal runs through the 2026-27 academic year, and it is added to the three years the two sides had left on the current contract. According to the conference, the deal provides exclusive television and digital distribution rights for all MAC sporting events.

More: Inside Read: Good and bad of playoff

“This is a historic day for the Mid-American Conference," MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher said. "ESPN and the MAC have a long history together and were visionary in embracing mid-week football which continues to be a significant presence on the ESPN college football calendar.  

The network will show 14 mid-week football games during November and broadcast the conference’s football Championship Game on Dec. 5.

- Scooby Axson

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.