Mountain West Conference Football Increases National Exposure On ESPN, CBSSN
All eight of San Diego State's Mountain West Conference football games in '14 have "officially been picked up for national broadcast," according to Stefanie Loh of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The school "previously had three conference games moved to Friday nights for national broadcast on either the ESPN family of networks or the CBS Sports Network." As expected, SDSU's five remaining conference games will be "played on Saturdays and broadcast nationally." The school will have "three conference games on broadcast on the ESPN Networks but it's not immediately clear which of these will be eligible for the league's bonus incentive scheme." The MWC "awards incentives of $300,000 to teams for each weekday conference game aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, NBC or Fox, and $500,000 for each Saturday conference game that's aired on those networks." But only "two of SDSU's three ESPN Networks games are still in the running for a bonus." Its Friday, Oct. 10 game against New Mexico does not "count because it will be broadcast on ESPNU" (UTSANDIEGO.com, 4/17). Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Taylor Bern reported UNLV will have "four conference games on ESPN networks to go along with a home game against Northern Illinois on CBSSN." Games on CBSSN do not "net a bonus." Neither do "appearances on ESPNU or ESPN3.com, which are both possible landing spots" for UNLV games. Boise State "led the way" with $1.6M last season, and they are "guaranteed to pull in at least" another $1.4M this season. BSU has "at least 11 national appearances on tap this season" (LASVEGASSUN.com, 4/17).