MWC, ESPN close to media deal

The Mountain West Conference and ESPN are finalizing a seven-year media rights deal for the network to televise up to 22 football games and 25 men's basketball games annually, sources said Thursday.

The deal brings the total value of the Mountain West's media rights deal, including its existing deal with CBS Sports Network, up to about $116 million, or $18 million annually, sources said.

Of the 22 football games to be televised on ESPN, all six of Boise State's home games will be included. The conference still has to negotiate the rights to its conference championship football game, which would bring more revenue to the league.

The Mountain West's overall media rights deal from CBS Sports Network and ESPN through the 2019-20 academic year is comparable to a seven-year deal struck between ESPN and the Big East, which will be paid $20 million annually from 2014-15 through 2019-20.

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