Mid-American Conference Announces Basketball Television Schedules

Updated 10/20/1999

Cleveland, Ohio - Mid-American Conference commissioner Rick Chryst announced today a 30-game television schedule for men's and women's basketball for the 1999-2000 season.

The regular-season schedule includes ten (10) men's basketball games on broadcast syndication in the six-state MAC region, nine (9) games on the FOX Sports Net regional networks and five (5) women's games to be televised on FOX Sports Net Ohio. The FOX Sports Net regional networks covering the MAC include FOX Sports Net Chicago, FOX Sports Net Midwest, FOX Sports Net Detroit, FOX Sports Net Ohio, FOX Sports Net Pittsburgh and Empire Sports Network.

Mid-American Conference men's basketball tournament coverage, from the Gund Arena in Cleveland, will again be highlighted by an ESPN national telecast of the championship game on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. The semi-finals on Monday, March 6 will be televised by the FOX Sports Net regional networks at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The semi-finals of the women's basketball tournament, scheduled for Friday, March 3 at Public Hall in Cleveland, will also air on the FOX RSN package. The league remains in negotiations for the telecast of its women's championship game.

"We believe this schedule showcases the absolute best of MAC basketball," said Chryst. "Our intent is to bring those games of most interest to MAC fans across our six-state footprint on a consistent basis. Our FOX regional sports network partnership is so valuable to us and we are excited that this year it includes tournament as well as regular-season coverage. We are trying something new in terms of broadcast syndication; the possibility of significant over-the-air exposure in our major markets is an exciting prospect for the conference and something we firmly believe can grow in the future."

The men's basketball television package, consisting of both a Saturday broadcast syndication window and a Monday evening slot on the FOX regional sports networks, will launch Saturday, January 22 and run consecutively through the final six weeks of the regular-season. The league's top rivalries will be featured, including Bowling Green at Toledo [Feb. 7], Central Michigan at Western Michigan [Feb. 12], Akron at Kent [Feb. 19] and Miami at Ohio [Feb. 21]. All thirteen MAC institutions will appear at least once on the package.

Opening the women's package on Saturday, January 29 will be a regular-season rematch of the last four MAC championship contests, as Toledo faces Kent in the Gund Arena. The game will be the first half of a special women's doubleheader, with national power Tennessee taking on North Carolina State in the nightcap. Other regular-season television games include Akron at Miami [Feb. 5], Ohio at Marshall [Feb. 12], Western Michigan at Northern Illinois [Feb. 19] and Bowling Green at Buffalo [February 25].

In addition to the 1999-2000 schedule, the MAC also announced the signing of a comprehensive three-year partnership agreement involving production and syndication rights with ESPN, Inc., and ESPN Regional Television. Distributing under the brand ESPN Plus, ESPN Regional Television presently serves as the multi-media rights holder for the Big Ten (football and basketball), Big East (football and basketball), Conference USA (basketball) and the Big 12 (basketball) conferences.

Men's Television Schedule
Date	Game									Network
Jan. 22	Eastern Michigan @ Toledo						MAC Syndication
Jan. 24	Akron @ Buffalo  Ball State at Marshall					FOX RSN
Jan. 29	Marshall @ Ohio  Miami @ Western Michigan				MAC Syndication
Jan. 31	Western Michigan @ Kent  Northern Illinois @ Central Michigan		FOX RSN
Feb. 5	Ohio @ Bowling Green   Ball State @ Eastern Michigan			MAC Syndication
Feb. 7	Bowling Green @ Toledo							FOX RSN
Feb. 12	Bowling Green @ Miami  Central Michigan @ Western Michigan		MAC Syndication
Feb. 14	Akron @ Ball State  Eastern Michigan @ Central Michigan			FOX RSN
Feb. 19	Akron @ Kent								MAC Syndication
Feb. 21	Miami @ Ohio  Western Michigan @ Eastern Michigan			FOX RSN
Feb. 26	Kent @ Ohio  Toledo @ Central Michigan					MAC Syndication
Mar. 6	MAC Semi-final #1 and MAC Semi-final #2					FOX RSN
Mar. 8	MAC Championship							ESPN	

Women's Television Package	
Jan. 29	Toledo versus Kent @ Gund Arena			FSN Ohio
Feb. 5	Akron @ Miami					FSN Ohio
Feb. 12	Ohio @ Marshall					FSN Ohio
Feb. 19	Western Michigan @ Northern Illinois		FSN Ohio
Feb. 25	Bowling Green @ Buffalo				FSN Ohio
Mar. 3	MAC Semi-final #1 and MAC Semi-final #2		FSN Ohio
Mar. 4	MAC Championship				TBA