ESPNU Pacts With MEAC, SWAC Conferences

NEW YORK ESPN’s college-targeted sports network ESPNU said it has reached a seven-year agreement with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The two leagues, representing historically black colleges and universities, were signed for exclusive coverage of multiple sports, including football and men’s basketball.

Under the terms of the agreement, ESPNU will televise a minimum of seven football games and eight basketball games from each conference, including a SWAC football championship and basketball tournament coverage. Other MEAC and SWAC events include women’s basketball, softball and volleyball.

In addition, ESPN Classic will provide a live telecast of at least one football and one men’s basketball game a year from each conference.

“This is truly a groundbreaking moment for the MEAC,” said MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas in announcing the agreement. “I must commend ESPN’s leadership for not only seeing a value in our product but having the financial courage to make a commitment to our conference. This deal will provide our coaches and student-athletes an opportunity to be seen by the world.”

ESPN is based in Bristol, Conn.