Big Sky conference games to air on Scripps TV Channels
Big Sky Conference games will have a prominent presence on local television channels thanks to a new partnership with The EW Scripps Company. Scripps stations in markets with Big Sky schools will broadcast men’s and women’s football and basketball games beginning in the 2022-23 school year.
“This partnership with Scripps allows Big Sky fans to watch games across our entire footprint,” says Curator Tom Wistrcill. “A primary media rights goal for our conference is to maximize the number of people who can watch our teams compete, and this agreement complements our ESPN relationship by providing extensive television coverage with a renowned media company that has connections. existing across the Big Sky.”
The Big Sky Conference will retain the rights to digital distribution and broadcast of programs through the ESPN+ app both inside and outside the league’s footprint, and those broadcasts on Scripps will not be subject to no blackout restrictions.
“We want to deliver content that our audience really cares about, and we know that viewers in this part of the country are passionate about their Big Sky sports,” said Brian Lawlor, President of Local Media for The EW Scripps Company. “When it matters to the community, it matters to us.”
Under the new deal, Scripps will have the rights to broadcast up to 14 conference football games involving Montana and Montana State. Scripps will broadcast the annual “Brawl of the Wild” between the Griz and Bobcats throughout the state of Montana using Scripps Montana CBS stations.
As part of the deal, UM and MSU will each have one home conference football game and one away game that will air during prime time. The Big Sky Conference will schedule the rest of the Montana and Montana State football games to be broadcast in the afternoon, which will air on Scripps Montana CBS, NBC and CW television stations.
Also under the contract, Scripps will have the first right to broadcast up to eight women’s or men’s basketball games involving Montana or Montana State. Additional conference football and men’s and women’s basketball games may be added by mutual agreement between the Big Sky Conference and Scripps.
Additionally, Scripps will be on hand each year to produce content for the Big Sky Football Kickoff, Hall of Fame Ceremony, and Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.
With this new agreement, Big Sky contests will no longer be shown on ROOT Sports going forward. Additional TV permissions for Big Sky competitions will be announced at a later date.