DALLAS, NEW YORK - Conference USA and the NFL have entered into a four-year agreement that will see 40 league games broadcast on the network over the next four years, C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod has announced.
The agreement calls for 10 C-USA football games to be broadcast on the NFL Network with one game each week on Saturday afternoon for four seasons, beginning in 2019.
"While exploring new media options for football, NFL Network stood out as an excellent opportunity for national exposure," MacLeod said. "We look forward to showcasing our conference through their tremendous platform and reach."
The full NFL Network slate of games will be released with the rest of the 2019 C-USA football multimedia schedule at a later date. C-USA football games on NFL Network will also be available through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers.
Hans Schroeder, chief operating officer of NFL Media, said the network is excited about the partnership.
"We are excited to showcase the next generation of NFL athletes to our fans on a weekly basis," Schroeder said. "Our fans crave live football, and partnering with Conference USA - a conference which boasts several Hall of Fame players - provides us with an excellent opportunity to do so."
C-USA shares a rich history with the NFL, with some of the game's greatest players coming from the conference. Pro Football Hall of Famers who played their college football at C-USA schools include Brett Favre (Southern Miss), Randy Moss (Marshall), Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech), "Mean" Joe Greene (North Texas), and others. Additionally, 16 players from C-USA have been selected in the NFL Draft over the last two years, including Marcus Davenport from UTSA selected No. 14 overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2018 NFL Draft. In total, there were 83 C-USA players on NFL rosters at the end of the 2018 season.
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About Conference USA
Conference USA is an NCAA Division I athletic conference based in Dallas, Texas, that services 14 institutions of higher education - Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP, UTSA and WKU. Now in its third decade, Conference USA has adapted to the ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics with an unwavering commitment to excellence, integrity and leadership in competition, academics and community.