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, then alternate
with ESPN for the rest of their picks. This package is for up to 22 games. CBS has also picked up the rights to the conference championship game starting with 2013. The contract is rumored to be for two years (2013 & 2014) with an option for a third year.
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. ESPN can choose the platform of its choice for all other Boise St. 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.
The official regional partner for the MWC is ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, who will
produce around 10 football games annually. Campus Insiders also works with the conference to produce games that will be streamed through the Moutain West Digital Network.
ESPN and CBS select up to two more games each once ROOT Sports and Campus Insiders select games for their packages, meaning ESPN and CBS could show up to 24 games.
Hawai'i does not receive money from the MW TV contract unless all other Mountain West schools receive $2.3 million from the conference TV contracts. Instead, they receive revenue from a contract with Oceanic Cable in Hawai'i. The contract requires at least seven games per year to be provided to the cable provider.