DIRECTV Sports Networks will produce and televise up to 18 Big Sky Conference football games each season, including the annual Montana-Montana State rivalry game, beginning with the 2012 football season. Under the agreement, it may also broadcast up to 12 regular season conference basketball games as well as Big Sky quarterfinal and semifinal conference men’s basketball tournament games. All events will be produced and distributed in High Definition with new state-of-the-art graphics elements customized for the Big Sky Conference and its teams.It is unclear what type of impact this will have for the conference, because the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. But safe to say, the more exposure for the conference, the better. The more games that are on TV and can be seen by more eyeballs, obviously the better for the Big Sky.
I will have more if more information comes out, but certainly a good day for the Big Sky.
A couple other takes on things - from Eagles POV, and Sac State Sports.
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