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.
Source: Northern Illinois, MAC (contract extension), MAC (CBSSN sublicense extension)