The BYU Cougars and ESPN announced today a new seven-year media rights agreement for Cougar home football games through the 2026 season.
The new agreement has ESPN continuing to televise a minimum of four BYU home football games each season.
A minimum of three games will be carried on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, while additional games can air on the three same networks or ESPNU. As part of the agreement, at least one game each season will be carried live on BYUtv. All games will be available to stream on the ESPN App.
BYU has also completed a new bowl agreement with ESPN Events that “…provides a bowl tie-in for BYU in 2020, 2022 and 2024 if the Cougars are bowl eligible and not selected to participate in a New Year’s Six bowl.”
Additionally, the Cougars have an agreement to play in the Independence Bowl in 2021 (vs. C-USA), 2023 (vs. Pac-12), and 2025 (vs. C-USA).
As part of both BYU bowl agreements, the Cougars also have an option to potentially participate in the Cheez-It Bowl in Arizona should its conference tie-ins (Big Ten and Big 12) be unable to provide an opponent. If applicable, that option can be exercised in lieu of one Independence Bowl and one ESPN Events bowl game. The Cheez-It Bowl airs on an ESPN network.
“We have been fortunate to have an amazing relationship with ESPN for decades,” said BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe. “There is great collaboration because the relationship is truly a partnership and continues to get stronger every year. We are very grateful for all that ESPN does to support and promote BYU Athletics.
“We are also grateful for the invitation to participate in multiple Independence Bowl games in Shreveport, Louisiana. It’s a historic bowl game with a rich history. It has been a real pleasure working with Independence Bowl Executive Director Missy Setters and ESPN to create this unique opportunity for our football program and our fans throughout the South.”
This could change if BYU joins the Big 12 by the end of the decade.
BYU is more likely to rejoin the Mountain West Conference than go anywhere else.