The Mountain West Conference has announced a multi-channel television package for the upcoming 2017 football season. 44 games will be aired on national television this year on either CBS Sports Network or ESPN, according to a press release from the Mountain West Conference on April 5.
Boise State will appear in 10 of these nationally televised games, mainly on ESPN, with a few other conference games appearing on CBS Sports Network. Notably, the Broncos’ marquee home game against Power-5 Atlantic Coast Conference—Virginia has a set kick-off for 6 p.m. Mountain Time on Sept. 22.
The game will appear on either ESPN or ESPN2 and will occur on a Friday, likely an accommodation by way of the recent news to expand ESPN’s college football coverage to Friday nights.
This upcoming football season is also part of the year that the television bonus structure will go into place. Boise State’s television deal with ESPN allowed them to make a considerably more money in the deal than the rest of the schools in the conference.
Whoever plays Boise State on a regular basis—Mountain Division schools—would make considerably more than the schools in the West division, who had a rotation-based schedule against Boise State. This year, a rule change will allow all schools to make $1.1 million in television bonuses, as part of the change dictates all Mountain West schools will pay out money evenly.
Boise State will also continue to earn an extra $1.8 million from ESPN, according to Boise State athletics.
According to Boise State President Bob Kustra, Boise State’s television deal with ESPN is up in two years and the Mountain West is looking at all options for televising games in the future.