MAC Secures Cleveland Television Affiliate

Updated 2/4/2000
CLEVELAND - (Feb. 4) The Mid-American Conference announced a partnership with a metropolitan Cleveland media television station in conjunction with MAC basketball coverage. The agreement with WUAB Hometeam 43 allows for over-the-air television coverage leading up to the MAC Basketball Tournaments in Cleveland, including four Saturday afternoon games, beginning February 5 as Ohio faces Bowling Green at noon. The following week pits Bowling Green at Miami in a noon start. Akron is at Kent for a 3:00 p.m. game on February 19, and Kent visits Ohio at noon on February 26.

"We believe this schedule showcases the absolute best of MAC basketball leading up to the MAC Tournament," said MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst. "Our intent is to bring those games of most interest to MAC fans in Cleveland on a consistent basis. We are trying something new in terms of broadcast syndication; the possibility of significant over-the-air exposure in our home market of Cleveland, the home of our basketball tournaments, is an exciting prospect for the conference and something we firmly believe can grow in the future."

"The MAC continues to grow in national prominence," said WUAB Station Manager Richard Sullivan. "We are pleased and proud to have Akron, Kent, Miami, Ohio and Bowling Green join the Hometeam 43 family."

The MAC's broadcast syndication is part 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. The MAC's regional syndicated package airs on broadcast affiliates throughout Ohio, Michigan, New York and West Virginia, and compliments the MAC's basketball schedule on Fox Sports Net Monday nights.

Hometeam 43, a UPN affiliate, airs telecasts of Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians and the NBA's Cavaliers throughout the regular season. The station is operated by Raycom Media, Inc., a Montgomery, Ala., corporation, along with sister station WOIO Hometeam 19, a CBS affiliate.

Listed below is a schedule of WUAB's MAC Game of the Week coverage:

Day      Date        Time        Game
Saturday Feb. 5      Noon        Ohio @ Bowling Green
Saturday Feb. 12     Noon        Bowling Green @ Miami
Saturday Feb. 19     3:00 p.m.   Akron @ Kent
Saturday Feb. 26     Noon        Kent @ Ohio