The MWC has a pair of national cable contracts with CBS Sports Network and ESPN.
The CBS contract was reconfigured and extended through the 2019-20 athletic year
where the conference will control two packages of television rights that they can
sell directly to third parties. CBS is considered to be the "primary" TV partner.
CBS will be able to choose the top eight football games each year, the alternate
with ESPN for the rest of their picks. This package is for up to 22 games. CBS is
also negotiating with the conference for the rights to the MWC football championship
ESPN's package also runs through the 2019-20 athletic year and includes the rights
to Boise St. home games. At least three Boise St. football games will air on ABC,
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN can choose the platform of its choice for all other home games.
No more than three Boise St. home games can be moved to a weeknight. ESPN will have
up to 22 football games including the Boise St. home games. ESPN does have the ability
to trade one Boise St. home game per year to CBS in exchange for a Boise St. road
games at a MWC opponent. For 2013, ESPN traded the rights to Boise St.'s home game
vs. Nevada in exchange for the rights to the Broncos' road game at Fresno St.
Also in 2013, ESPN obtained the rights to a 23rd MWC game (Rutgers at Fresno St.).
In exchange, ESPN sublicensed a Big East game involving Rutgers to CBS Sports Network.
The official regional partner for the MWC is ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, who will
produce at least 10 football games annually. As of right now, it is unknown whether
other regional networks will carry MWC games or simulcasting the ROOT Sports telecasts.