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Sun Belt strikes new 8-year deal with ESPN

All Fun Belt home games will be aired on an ESPN platform and the new championship will be aired on national television.

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The Sun Belt will now be a major player on the new ESPN+ streaming service.
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AP Sports received the first scoop earlier this afternoon that the Sun Belt Conference has signed an 8-year deal with ESPN. Part of the Sun Belt’s release included an interview with Commissioner Karl Benson.

In a teleconference this afternoon, Benson, Georgia State President Mark Becker, and ESPN executive Nick Dawson fielded questions about the new agreement.

Benson states that this deal will give the conference a “TV and multimedia partner” that will allow each school to gain “greater national attention”. This deal allows the Sun Belt to be “on par with peers” and will provide a “meaningful revenue stream” to each school according to Benson. Dawson states that this deal is “innovative by nature” and that the upcoming ESPN+ streaming service will be a “destination for Sun Belt fans”.

What You Need To Know

  • This deal runs through the 2027-2028 school year and will allow ESPN to air all Sun Belt sports.
  • The new Sun Belt Championship game will be played on Saturdays and is guaranteed to be aired on national television.
  • All Sun Belt home football games will remain available on an ESPN platform.
  • Sun Belt will now have at least 10 games per year aired on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. This will begin in 2020.
  • Digital productions will get more coverage and each school will need to upgrade studios on campus.
  • ESPN+ will be launched this spring and will cost $4.99 per month.