Missouri Valley Conference set to distribute 80-event package on ESPN+
The Missouri Valley Conference announced that selected regular-season digital productions, including several Illinois State broadcasts, plus post-season championship coverage in May will be distributed on ESPN+—the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer and International group in partnership with ESPN.
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The Valley, which is in the fourth year of a 10-year national rights-holding agreement with ESPN, will start its programming schedule on ESPN+ on April 13. Another 79 MVC events – all originally slated for distribution on ESPN3 will be featured on ESPN+. Regular-season softball (32) and baseball (22) plus post-season championships for those sports as well as outdoor track and field comprise the 2017-18 league offerings on ESPN+.
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For the remainder of the Spring 2018 term, other Conference- produced live content will continue to be available on The Valley on ESPN3 — the league’s co-branded digital network with ESPN. In addition to the 80 MVC events that will be available on ESPN+, an additional 33 softball and 23 baseball productions will also be shown on ESPN3.
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