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ESPN Packages Mid-American Games

Jul 12, 2007  •  Post A Comment

ESPN Regional Television and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) have sold a six-week regionally syndicated football package to 22 percent of the country.
Among the 34 markets on board for the 2007 package of games will be affiliates in Chicago (WPWR-TV), Philadelphia (WPHL-TV), Detroit (WXYZ-TV), Cleveland (WEWS-TV), Indianapolis (WNDY-TV), Columbus (WWHO-TV) and Cincinnati (WKRC-TV).
The football package comprises six consecutive weeks of MAC conference and non-conference matchups beginning Saturday, Sept. 15, with Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois along with Cincinnati of the Big East at Miami-Ohio. The package will conclude Oct. 20 with Miami-Ohio at Temple.
“We are pleased to provide our viewers with a consistent window for Mid-American Conference football,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president and general manager of ESPN Regional Television. “With ESPN’s multimedia platforms, we anticipate MAC football will touch a significant base of college football fans.”
Games will begin airing at noon ET, with the telecast window extending to 3:30 p.m. The games will be distributed nationally via the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view package, which is available to fans through cable, DirecTV and Dish Network.
“We were thrilled when ESPN Regional approached us about this tremendous opportunity to bring more MAC football to our geographic footprint on television stations that have never before been available to us,” said Rick Chryst, MAC commissioner. “The continuing growth of the conference in terms of competitiveness, bowl opportunities and NFL-caliber performers is at an all-time high, and that is being reflected in the marketplace.”
(Editor: Horowitz)

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