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MWC enters TV deal with ROOT SPORTS

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DENVER, Colo. (HawaiiNewsNow) - 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 definition.
 
This is the second time in less than two months that the MWC has agreed to a television contract with a secondary provider -- CBS still owns the distribution rights of the conference. In late March, the MWC agreed to a multi-million dollar deal with ESPN that allows the network to air up to 22 conference football games - including all Boise State home games - and 31 basketball games annually. The agreement would begin next season and run through 2019-2020.

Between the two networks, up to 44 football and 56 men's basketball games will be televised annually on their various platforms.

The latest contract will have no effect on the University of Hawaii Men's or Women's basketball teams because both play in the Big West. It is not currently known how many -- if any -- UH football games will be picked up.

Currently, the Mountain West membership includes: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Hawaii (football only), University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, UNLV and University of Wyoming.