NFL Network to broadcast Conference USA games in four-year deal
North American football’s NFL has signed a four-year deal with Conference USA, the collegiate athletic conference, to broadcast its games on the NFL Network.
As part of the agreement, the league’s official channel will broadcast a 10-game package of C-USA American football each year, with one game per week on Saturday afternoons, beginning with the 2019 season.
C-USA football games on the NFL Network will also be available through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers.
The full schedule of C-USA games on the NFL Network will be released at a later date.
US networks ESPN and CBS Sports are the main rights-holders of C-USA after signing long-term deals with the conference in 2016. ESPN owns the rights to five football games and the championship game, with cable offering CBS Sports Network broadcasting five games.
Judy MacLeod, Conference USA commissioner, said: “While exploring new media options for football, NFL Network stood out as an excellent opportunity for national exposure. We look forward to showcasing our conference through their tremendous platform and reach.”
Based in Dallas, Texas, Conference USA participates in the NCAA's Division I and features 14 universities from the southern US region.