CMU Named a Founding Member of New ESPN3 Initiative

Sept. 24, 2014

From CMU Athletic Communications

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference and ESPN announced today that Central Michigan Athletics is a founding member of a new program that will see CMU produce content that will air on ESPN3 – ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network.

“Being able to distribute our content on the ESPN3 platform is an exciting opportunity for CMU and the MAC,” CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. “This will give our supporters increased access to our programs and will also help us expand our reach across the nation. I want to thank ESPN and the MAC for their support and feel it will lead to great things down the road.”

This program is a part of the new 13-year rights agreement that ESPN and the conference announced this summer. CMU, Northern Illinois and Buffalo are the first three schools to participate in this program with all 12 league schools online in the next four years. Each school will work with ESPN and the MAC to ensure that they deliver high quality productions that will be featured on ESPN3 throughout the year.

As a part this program, CMU will show approximately 35 games in ESPN3 during the 2014-15 school year. Events will include men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and more. The final schedule for these events will be announced at a later date.

About ESPN3
ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually.  It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast (via the WatchESPN app), Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  The network is currently available to more than 92 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

Mid-American Conference
Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of ten members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in five (5) states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio.
 
Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947).  



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