NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 31, 2018 -- The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and ESPN have announced a multi-year agreement to stream the conference's football contests on ESPN3 and ESPN+, the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer & International segment and ESPN.
FAMU Director of Athletics, John Eason, Ph.D., was pleased to take part in the partnership as it presents significant revenue opportunities for the FAMU Department of Athletics. “This platform allows Florida A&M to appear on the same stage as much larger schools. It affords us the opportunity to have our student-athletes viewed around the globe and that is definitely something we wanted for our school. I commend Commissioner Thomas for negotiating the deal for the conference and Rattler Productions has already been preparing for this platform for the past two years,” Eason said.
“I am elated to utilize ESPN3 and ESPN+ in continuing to grow the MEAC’s relationship with ESPN,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. “Both ESPN3 and ESPN+ are innovative digital platforms upon which we can better serve our member institutions and our fans, while also expanding our reach both from a conference perspective and at the institutional level. This is an exciting time for college sports, with the expansion of digital content, and I am pleased that the MEAC is on the forefront with ESPN3 and ESPN+.”
“This agreement reflects another significant step in our relationship with the MEAC and for the opportunity to continue to enhance our already robust ESPN3 and ESPN+ offerings with quality HBCU competition,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president of programming and scheduling.
ESPN3 is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the ESPN app. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.
Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ on ESPN.com or through the ESPN App for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year).
The agreement adds additional exposure to the MEAC, which has collaborated with ESPN since 2005. The ESPN+ football contests add- to an already impressive lineup as the ESPN networks carry multiple men's basketball, baseball and softball regular-season contests. The men's and women's basketball tournament championship, volleyball and bowling finals are also televised on ESPNU.
ABOUT THE MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) begins its 48th year of intercollegiate competition heading into the 2018-19 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of 12 outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Savannah State University and South Carolina State University.
ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of live events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected-TV devices through the ESPN App. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military broadband and W-Fi networks.
ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHL, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredevise and more), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films.Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.
ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans -- delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also be available through ESPN.com.