ESPN and Conference USA Reach Television Agreement

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ESPN and Conference USA Reach Television Agreement

ESPN has reached an agreement with Conference USA for the rights to televise five football games and the Conference USA Football Championship Game in 2016 and 2017.  The five regular season games for 2016 include three Conference USA schools hosting non-conference games in the early portion of the season and two conference games in the last week of the regular season. The C-USA Football Championship Game is set for Saturday, Dec. 3.

This season’s slate begins with Indiana at Florida International University on Thursday, Sept. 1, (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU) becoming part of ESPN/ABC’s best college football opening weekend schedule ever. The conference will feature a pair of games on Friday, Sept. 16, when Rice hosts No. 7 Baylor (8 p.m. on ESPN) and UTSA is at home vs. Arizona State (9:30 p.m. on ESPN2). ESPN’s Conference USA  regular season will conclude with Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss on Friday, Nov. 25, and Western Kentucky University at Marshall on Saturday, Nov. 26. The final two regular season games and the championship game kick off times and networks will be announced at a later date.

ESPN Network’s Conference USA Television Schedule for 2016

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sept. 1 7:30 p.m. Indiana at FIU ESPNU
Fri, Sept. 16 8 p.m. No. 7 Baylor at Rice ESPN
9:30 p.m. Arizona State at UTSA ESPN2
Fri, Nov. 25 TBD Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss TBD
Sat, Nov. 26 TBD WKU at Marshall TBD
Sat, Dec. 3 TBD C-USA Football Championship Game TBD

 Rankings are per’s “way too early top 25” (May 10)


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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