AP Source: MAC agrees to 13-year deal with ESPN

Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

(AP) - A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Mid-American Conference has agreed to a new 13-year contract with ESPN. The agreement gives the network all television distribution rights to the league's football games through the 2026-27 season.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was still being completed and did not reveal financial details.

The MAC has three years left on its current eight-year deal with ESPN that pays the conference about $1 million per year.

The person says the new deal reworks the final years of the old contract. The new agreement also gives ESPN rights to some MAC men's and women's basketball and Olympic sports.

The MAC has found a niche on TV with late-season weeknight football games on ESPN.

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Scores & Schedules

July 02, 2015 07:08 GMT

INTERLEAGUE

Wednesday's Games

Cincinnati 2 Minnesota 1

Oakland 4 Colorado 1

Seattle 7 San Diego 0

Pittsburgh 9 Detroit 3

Chi White Sox 7 St. Louis 1

Thursday's Game

Pittsburgh (Liriano 4-6) at Detroit (K.Ryan 1-1), 1:08 p.m.

AMERICAN LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Toronto 11, Boston 2

N.Y. Yankees 3, L.A. Angels 1

Baltimore 4, Texas 2

Cleveland 8, Tampa Bay 1

Houston 6, Kansas City 5

Thursday's Games

Cleveland (Kluber 3-9) at Tampa Bay (M.Moore 0-0), 12:10 p.m.

Texas (Gallardo 7-6) at Baltimore (Gausman 1-0), 7:05 p.m.

Boston (Miley 7-7) at Toronto (Boyd 0-1), 7:07 p.m.

Minnesota (Gibson 5-6) at Kansas City (C.Young 7-3), 8:10 p.m.

Seattle (Elias 4-5) at Oakland (Kazmir 4-5), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Milwaukee 9, Philadelphia 5

Chicago Cubs 2, N.Y. Mets 0, 11 innings

Miami 6, San Francisco 5

Atlanta 4, Washington 1

L.A. Dodgers 4, Arizona 3

Thursday's Games

San Francisco (M.Cain 0-0) at Miami (Fernandez 0-0), 12:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Liriano 4-6) at Detroit (K.Ryan 1-1), 1:08 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 7-5) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 8-5), 1:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (Garza 4-10) at Philadelphia (Billingsley 0-2), 6:35 p.m.

Washington (Scherzer 9-5) at Atlanta (Banuelos 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

San Diego (T.Ross 5-7) at St. Louis (Cooney 0-0), 7:15 p.m.

Colorado (Rusin 3-2) at Arizona (Hellickson 5-5), 9:40 p.m.

WNBA

Wednesday's Games

No games scheduled=

Thursday's Games

Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

Tulsa at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

San Antonio at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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