May 15, 2015 12:08 PM | Written by Anthony Caruso III, Publisher
This new agreement will last through the 2019-20 season. CBS Sports previously televised the game.
The original agreement, which began during the 2013 season, will make ESPN broadcast up to 16 Mountain West games, including every Boise State home game. The package also includes ESPN televising 31 conference men’s basketball games.
As a result, ESPN can live stream each game on video subscribers with their WatchESPN service.
“With the addition of the Mountain West football title game, fans can follow the conference’s games and developing storylines from the opening week to the crowing of the champion on ESPN,” said Kurt Dargis, director, ESPN programming. “We look forward to building on our relationship with the conference that has already delivered many memorable moments on our platforms.”
The Mountain West Championship game is typically played at the site of the divisional champion with the highest College Football Playoff Section Committee ranking. This year’s game will be on ESPN or ESPN2 on Saturday, Dec. 5th, 2015 at 7:30 pm EST.
Fresno State has won the previous two championship games. They defeated Utah State last year and Boise State in 2013.
“We are appreciative of the growing relationship with our partners at ESPN,” Commissioner Craig Thompson added. “The addition of our annual football championship game to a full slate of regular-season programming across the ESPN networks will provide an exciting segue into our many ESPN-affiliated bowl games and the College Football Playoff.”
Mountain West had four games on ESPN through 2012.