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CBS Signs Deal With ESPN To Sub-License Missouri Valley Conference Games

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 30 / 15

CBS Sports has signed a five-year deal to sub-license Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball games from ESPN. The deal, which runs through the '19-20 season, will keep the MVC Tournament championship game on the broadcast channel, which has carried the game for the past 10 years. Deal terms wil...

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