In an announcement from Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin in Chicago, he unveiled a 10-year extension between the league and ESPN for the MVC’s media rights across various ESPN platforms, particularly a conference-wide initiative on ESPN3. The agreement runs through 2023-24.
“The 10-year extension of the ESPN-MVC media rights agreement clearly signals a new era for our Conference,” said Elgin. ”Over the term of this new agreement, our member institutions will literally be producing thousands of live events that will be carried on ESPN3.
“The co-branded network that we are announcing today – The Valley on ESPN3 – is recognition that the MVC continues to be relevant in an increasingly competitive Division I environment. The exponential increase in exposure will bring significant benefits to men’s and women’s basketball, and to every Conference-sponsored sport.”
As part of the deal, ESPN, the Missouri Valley Conference and its 10 member institutions, including Missouri State, will work to develop in-house production capabilities at each campus that will provide significant national coverage for multiple sports on ESPN3 and hands-on educational opportunities for students. It is estimated ESPN3 will showcase over 800 events a year, including a minimum of 70 men’s basketball games, in the final six years of the agreement.
The campus model is a three-year roll out, starting this fall with the production of all home volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games on the ESPN3 platform from all institutions. In subsequent years of the agreement, Missouri State and others will roll out on-campus production of all home men’s soccer, women’s soccer, baseball and softball games as part of the league package, in addition to special programming, features and Olympic sport coverage.