Conference USA Reaches Agreement with American Sports Network


For those of you not wanting to travel down to Boca Raton to see the Tops face Florida Atlantic on October 18th, you’re in luck. The game has been picked up by the newly formed American Sports Network, the brain child of Sinclair Broadcast Group, and C-USA will be one of the key conferences in the newly formed network.

If you’re thinking the name “Sinclair Broadcast Group,” sounds familiar – you’re correct. Sinclair owns and operates over 160 stations in nearly 80 markets, including the likes of Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC and the CW. A total of 30 C-USA football games will be broadcast on ASN, which, by the sound of it, will operate much like the Sun Belt Network did, so you’ll get even more C-USA match ups that don’t feature the Hilltoppers, and ASN has big plans, with football, basketball, soccer and much more announced to be broadcast. You can read C-USA’s official press release on ASN here. Conference USA also has national TV contracts with both Fox Sports and ESPN.

For the Tops, eight of their 12 2014 games are slated for a television appearance. The only games not on TV, as of right now that is, is WKU’s inaugural C-USA conference game in Murfreesboro against MTSU, the first ever C-USA conference home game against UAB and newcommers bowl in October when Old Dominion comes to town. As of now, the Tops will be on CBS Sports Network three times (the season opener against Bowling Green State, the Sept. 27th matchup at Navy, and the November 15th game against Army), Big Ten Network for a game against the Illini, the season closer at Marshall on Fox Sports 1, the ASN game in Owlcatraz and two games scheduled for Fox, one at Louisiana Tech and the other at home against UTSA.

The early exposure WKU is getting is amazing, and it is sure to increase come roundball season.