The MAC has a national cable contract with ESPN Networks. The contract runs through the 2026-27 athletic year. ESPN's contract includes the ability to sublicense games and guaranteed coverage for all MAC games.
The previous contract allowed for at least six regular season games will air on ESPN or ESPN2, plus a minimum of five games on ESPNU. ESPN3 and ESPN+ will be used for any game not distributed on some form of national or regional television. ESPN is working with the schools to self-produce ESPN3 content, providing them with production equipment.
An agreement to sublicense games to CBS Sports Network from ESPN has been extended through the 2022-23 athletic year after the original agreement expired after the 2018-19 athletic year.
For the pandemic affected 2020 season only, the conference initially decided to forego playing football in the fall, but reversed course with a six game intraconference season starting on 11/4.
|Ohio at Central Michigan|
|Buffalo at Northern Illinois|
|Bowling Green at Toledo|
|Kent State at Bowling Green|
|Miami (OH) at Buffalo|
|Toledo at Western Michigan|
|Central Michigan at Northern Illinois|
|Akron at Kent State|
|Western Michigan at Central Michigan|
|Northern Illinois at Ball State|
|Bowling Green at Ohio|
|Ball State at Central Michigan|
Buffalo vs. Ball State
(at Detroit, MI)
|Ball State at Miami (OH)|
|Akron at Ohio|
|Eastern Michigan at Ball State|
|Buffalo at Bowling Green|
|Toledo at Eastern Michigan|
|Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan|
|Kent State at Buffalo|
|Akron at Buffalo|