DIRECTV Sports Networks and the Mountain West
Conference have entered into a multi-year agreement, making DIRECTV Sports, and
its ROOT SPORTS-branded regional sports network, the regional TV
home of Mountain West football and men's basketball.
ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain will annually produce and televise approximately 10
football games featuring Mountain West teams, and a minimum of 25 MW
intra-conference and non-conference men's basketball games, beginning with the
2013-2014 season. All events will be produced and distributed in high
"We are pleased to partner with the Mountain West
Conference to bring these games to fans throughout the region," said Patrick
Crumb, President of DIRECTV Sports Networks. "The Mountain West offers
competitive, compelling match-ups, and we look forward to providing a platform
to showcase the conference and its teams."
"Our entire ROOT SPORTS Rocky
Mountain team is excited to be the regional home of the Mountain West
Conference," said David Woodman, General Manager of ROOT SPORTS Rocky
Mountain. "With many member institutions located within our network's
footprint, these games will be a great addition to our collegiate sports
programming for years to come."
"This unique partnership will provide enhanced
coverage and promotion for the entire MW membership," said Mountain West
Commissioner Craig Thompson. "ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain is an
important component in an innovative, multi-platform exposure plan for the
future of the league."
About ROOT SPORTS™ Rocky Mountain Region
ROOT SPORTS™ is the home of the Colorado Rockies, Utah Jazz, Mountain West, Big Sky
Conference and University of Denver. The network reaches 2.5 million households
across nine states and delivers more than 350 live events each year - all of
which are available in high definition.
ROOT SPORTS™ is owned and operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC, which operates
regional sports networks in the Northwest, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain
regions. The three networks combined reach 8.9 million households across 18
states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more
than 20 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled
subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world's most popular television service.
About the Mountain West Conference
From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has
been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the
academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the
Mountain West continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to
compete at the highest level, while fostering
achievement and sportsmanship. With the addition of San Jose State University
and Utah State University on July 1, 2013, the MW will be comprised of 11
all-sport members and 12 football-playing institutions. Currently, the Mountain
West membership includes: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State
University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Hawai`i
(football only), University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego
State University, UNLV and University of Wyoming.