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What to know about the Mountain West's television, media rights deal

Kevin Lytle
Fort Collins Coloradoan
A Mountain West Championship helmet is seen on the field at Albertsons Stadium prior to kick off between the Hawaii Warriors and the Boise State Broncos.

The Mountain West announced a new TV deal on Friday for football and men's basketball.

The contract features CBS as the primary television rights holder, with Fox as the secondary rights holder.

Here are some key things to know about this deal for the Mountain West.

Show me the money

The six-year deal is worth a combined $270 million for the rights with CBS and Fox. Third-tier rights are currently in negotiation. 

That means each school (besides Boise State and Hawaii) will get nearly $4 million per year, with the deal beginning July 1 and running through the 2025-26 athletic season. Boise State and Hawaii have separate deals.

More:MW announces new TV, media rights package worth $45M annually

Where will the games be shown?

A minimum of 39 MW football games will be on CBS and Fox networks during the season.

There will be 23 games per season on CBS or CBS Sports Network. There will be a minimum of three of those games on CBS. There will be an additional 10 games available on CBS All Access (web streaming service). 

Fox networks will broadcast 16 to 23 regular-season football games, with a minimum of seven on Fox or FS1. 

The football championship game will be on Fox or FS1, per the MW release.

Select other games will be part of the currently in-negotiation third-tier of broadcast schedule.

When will the games be played?

Between CBS and Fox games, there can be a maximum of 10 Friday games during the season, not including special dates. The MW title game can either be played on a Friday or Saturday.

Fox's football kickoff windows are from 11 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. local time for Saturday games and 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for Friday games.

The kickoff windows for CBS are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. 

No school can have more than two Friday night home games, other than special dates.

What about basketball?

A total of 48 men's basketball games will be on CBS or Fox networks.

CBS or CBSSN will broadcast 32 games, with a minimum of two annually on CBS. An additional 10 games will be on CBS All Access.

Fox will carry between 16 and 32 regular-season games, with minimum of 12 on Fox or FS1. The remainder will be on FS1 or FS2.

The MW tournament quarterfinals and semifinals will be on CBSSN. The MW title game will air on CBS.

Weekday tip times can range from 6 to 9 p.m. local time. Saturday tip-times will fall between 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What's this mean for CSU?

The first big takeaway is an infusion of cash for Colorado State. The Rams go from $1.1 million per year in the current deal to nearly $4 million.

The biggest news for fans is a slight boost in the woes of late-night kicks. There will still be night games, but 8 p.m. is the absolute latest start, with the potential for more mid-day and early evening slots on Fox. 

Especially late in the season, that's a lot better than 8:35 either way.

More:CSU's big investment in athletics over the past decade produces mixed results

What about Boise State and Hawaii?

Fox Sports received exclusive rights to all Boise State home football games, which were previously the right of ESPN. Boise State will receive additional revenue from those games. Boise State's road games will be on CBS Sports Network. Mountain West commissioner Thompson said this is the last time Boise State will have a deal negotiated outside the the overall MW deal.

Hawaii is a football-only member and will retain broadcast rights to its games. A maximum of four Hawaii games each season will be selected by the two networks.

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