ESPN and WAC Reach Three-Year Agreement for Football and Basketball
June 21, 2001
FRESNO, Calif. - ESPN, Inc. and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) have entered into an exclusive three-year agreement for football and basketball which begins in the 2001 football season and the 2001-2002 basketball season. The contract was announced by John Wildhack, ESPN senior vice president, programming, and Karl Benson, WAC commissioner.
The multi-faceted agreement, which returns the WAC to ESPN after a two-season absence, is highlighted by at least four football games annually (beginning this year with Oregon State at Fresno State on ESPN2, Sunday, Sept. 2), as well as select regular-season men's basketball games and the Conference Championship during Championship Week. The arrangement also involves ESPN Regional Television, ESPN.com, ESPN Classic, pay-per-view rights and more.
"We continue to look for new ways to broaden our unmatched coverage of college athletics and this agreement will appeal to both existing and new ESPN fans across the country," said Wildhack. "We've enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the WAC over the years and we are happy to proclaim that the WAC is back on ESPN."
Benson added: "The origin of the relationship between the WAC and ESPN dates back nearly two decades. Both have changed and grown significantly during that time, and we are extremely pleased that the partnership will be continued in the coming years."
-- Thursday, Sept. 13 - Texas Tech at UTEP (ESPN2)
-- Friday, October 26 - Fresno State at Hawaii (ESPN)
-- Friday, November 23 - Game TBD (ESPN2)
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