Conference USA has four rights holders: FOX Sports Media Group, CBS Sports
Network, ESPN and Sinclair Broadcast Group's American Sports Network.
FOX Sports Media Group will air at least 30 football games per season. Games
can air on FOX Broadcasting, FOX Sports 1, FSN and FOX College Sports. In 2013, ten games were guaranteed to air
on FOX Sports 1. It is unknown how many games CBS Sports Network will air,
but their previous contract was for 24 games per season.
FOX will be able to select the top ten games from the conference.
CBS Sports Network will then select the next ten, and FOX will then come back and
select another ten games.
ESPN, to settle a lawsuit between the conference and the network, has the rights
to the conference championship game.
New for 2014, Sinclair Broadcast Group established a syndication arm called the American Sports Network. The games picked up by this package will air on Sinclair's CW and My Network TV affiliates and digital subchannels. Markets not served by a Sinclair-owned and/or operated TV station are likely to have a local station pick up games in the package.
After all TV contracts have been satisfied, additional games can be picked up for regional or national airings. FOX College Sports has picked up games after the main FOX package has been set.
All of C-USA's contracts expire after the 2015-16 athletic year.