In a surprising move, Conference USA announced Monday that C-USA football games will begin appearing on the NFL Network.
The four-year deal begins this coming season, and will place 10 contests on NFLN each year. The network will broadcast one game a week, with each being a Saturday afternoon kickoff according to the C-USA press release.
Along with the cable television channel, games on the NFL Network can be streamed live on PCs, smartphones and other streaming or gaming devices.
Yet again, C-USA has gone with an unorthodox method of getting its games on television. However, this seems like a much better option than BeIN. As BeIN struggles just to stay on American television sets, the NFL Network is something to which many football fans already have access.
Combining this deal with the CBS Sports Network deal, C-USA football will be appearing on national television more frequently on a channel that is much easier to find than BeIN.
On top of a national network, the announcement also promised that all 10 games will be Saturday afternoon games. In an era where other group of 5 conferences are being forced to play on weekdays, this is sure to be a popular move with fans.
This is a great move for C-USA, but also for the NFL Network. As television ratings drop across the board, live sports remains a solid source of viewership. The NFL Network previously broadcast AAF games this spring in that league’s first and only season, but now will expand to college football, as well.
The games that will be broadcast on the network will be announced at a later date. For the full press release from C-USA, see the link below.