Sun Belt Announces Multi-year Media Rights Partnership With ESPN

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The Sun Belt Conference and ESPN have reached a multi-year media rights extension on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

This new agreement runs through the 2030-31 academic year and will result in a 50 percent increase in televised conference games on ESPN’s linear television offerings on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and with 40 percent of those new opportunities being broadcast on a Saturday.

Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill said “This new agreement is a recognition of our success and value. It will expand our reach and provide a vast amount of exposure for our members which will allow them to showcase the incredible athletic and academic accomplishments. On behalf of the entire Sun Belt family, I want to thank Nick Dawson, ESPN Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions, and the entire ESPN college football team for their support of the Sun Belt Conference. I am looking forward to continuing our wonderful partnership.”

Nick Dawson, ESPN Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions said “We are excited to extend our relationship with the Sun Belt and its member institutions. The Sun Belt is a valued partner and ESPN viewers have truly connected with the conference’s teams and storylines over the years. We look forward to our continued and enhanced coverage of Sun Belt football across ESPN networks and ESPN+ for many years to come.”

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