MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES NEW REGIONAL TELEVISION PARTNERSHIP WITH TIME WARNER CABLE SPORTS
Three-year deal to provide expanded coverage in football, basketball and Olympic sports
Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today a new regional television agreement with Time Warner Cable Sports which makes Time Warner Cable SportsChannel the exclusive home of MAC sports in Ohio and western and central New York.
Live games and extensive non-game programming will air on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and selected programming will be available nationally on Time Warner Cable Video On Demand, as well as ESPN3, the Watch ESPN app and the official Mid-American Conference website www.mac-sports.com.
As part of the three-year partnership, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will televise an expanded number of live conference football games, men’s and women’s basketball games, including both conference basketball tournaments, ancillary programming opportunities and additional neutral site conference championship programming in the sports of volleyball, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s soccer.
“The Mid-American Conference is pleased to partner with Time Warner Cable to provide expanded coverage of Mid-American Conference teams and student-athletes,” said MAC Commissioner, Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher. “This new relationship will provide us with the opportunity to televise more events in more sports than ever before. This season alone we will televise 55 basketball games, which is the most in Conference history. Overall we will expand our televised events in football, basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball and soccer.”
MAC programming on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel this academic year will include live regular season football and men’s and women’s basketball games, live men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball tournament and championship games, preview shows, a signing day special, coaches shows, and other special event programming. Starting next season, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will produce weekly magazine, studio and long-form shows around MAC athletics.
“We’re thrilled to work with the Mid-American Conference to bring expanded MAC sports programming to our viewers,” said Vince Jones, Director, Local Programming, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. “Time Warner Cable subscribers across Ohio and New York will now be able to watch more live games and programming about their favorite MAC teams.”
The partnership between the MAC and Time Warner Cable Sports will provide the conference distribution for games and programming to millions of households, an expanded platform for live events, unprecedented access to programming opportunities for various sports throughout the academic calendar, consistency in scheduling, and marketing and branding opportunities.
All MAC schools and the majority of cable television subscribers in Ohio and upstate New York will have access to new MAC programming on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
In Ohio, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is available on channels 1311 (HD) and 311 on Time Warner Cable systems. In New York State, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is available in HD on Channel 323 in central New York, channel 1803 in both Albany and Hudson Valley, channel 1026 in Rochester, and channel 713 in Buffalo on Time Warner Cable systems. MAC games will also be available on Time Warner Cable channel 197 in New York City.
Outside of the Time Warner Cable footprint, MAC live programming will also be available for cable providers within the Conference regional territory. Check your local listings.
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is a 24/7 sports network that carries distinct regional programming on different channel location across the nation.
Time Warner Cable Sports also partners with the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Sparks, FC Dallas (MLS), University of Kansas Athletics, Syracuse University Sports and others to televise live games and non-game programming.
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Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of ten members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in six (6) states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. In addition a 13th school–University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.—is an affiliate member for football.
Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947). The University of Massachusetts (2012) competes in the East Division in football only.
The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.