Last year, the American Athletic Conference inked a seven-year, $126 million TV contract with ESPN for rights to telecast the league’s games, primarily football and basketball. The deal runs through the 2019-20 season.
Conference games and nonconference home games will be televised on the ESPN platform of networks, with close to 90 percent on national broadcast or national cable.
The conference championship game, which is expected to begin in 2015, will be carried by ABC or ESPN on Championship Saturday.
In men’s basketball, all conference games and nonconference home games will be televised. More than 100 games will be carried on national broadcast or national cable, and the conference tournament will be on national television, with the championship game on ABC or ESPN.
Women’s basketball will have about 60 games on national cable, regional sports networks and ESPN3, including the postseason tournament. Eighteen regular-season games will be televised nationally.
The AAC also has a partnership with CBS Sports, which acquired rights to telecast football and basketball games through a sub-licensing agreement with ESPN. The deal provides for 30 men’s basketball games per year and between 13-15 football games.
This season, Tulsa is scheduled to appear on national television five times: against Tulane on Aug. 28 (CBS Sports Network); against Oklahoma on Sept. 6 (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2); at Florida Atlantic on Sept. 13 (Fox College Sports); at Memphis on Oct. 31 (ESPN or ESPNU); and at UCF on Nov. 14 (ESPN2).
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