Spartanburg, S.C. - The Southern Conference and ESPN have reached an agreement on a six-year contract running through the 2020-21 academic year, when the league will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Over the course of the six years, the SoCon and its member schools will have an opportunity to produce nearly 2,000 live events that would receive national coverage on ESPN3.
"We are very enthusiastic about continuing our valuable relationship with ESPN in such an innovative way," Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino said. "Our members are positioning themselves to produce ESPN-quality content that will provide tremendous exposure for their athletic programs. The benefits will be shared not only by our programs, but by our alumni, boosters, fans and students, all of whom will be able to watch an unprecedented amount of Southern Conference sports."
As part of the new pact, all 10 SoCon schools will develop production capabilities by 2017 that will be showcased on ESPN3. Previously, Mercer and Furman produced content during the 2014-15 campaign.
A minimum of 1,900 live events will be produced by the league and its members. In the final four years of the contract, a minimum of 45 SoCon football games and 200 league basketball games will appear on ESPN3 each season.
The men's basketball championship will continue to air live on either ESPN or ESPN2, and the conference will receive several men's basketball exposures on one of ESPN's linear platforms (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNEWS) during the contract.