ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Valley Conference will produce a 36-telecast television package on FOX Sports Midwest in 2013-14, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.
The Valley, with Niles Media Group of Kansas City serving as its production company, has worked in conjunction with FOX Sports Midwest -- along with its sister regional cable outlets FOX Sports Indiana and FOX Sports Kansas City -- and Comcast SportsNet Chicago to clear all basketball and Olympic sport telecasts.
FOX College Sports will also distribute all basketball and Olympic sport championship telecasts on a national basis.
“Our television network has made great strides since we made the decision to bring its operation in-house, beginning with the 1993-94 academic year,” Elgin said.
“From modest beginnings, we now produce all of our network men’s and women’s basketball contests in high definition, televise all nine games from the men’s basketball tournament and continue to air the title contests from six additional championships, including our women’s basketball tournament,” said Elgin.
“Very few NCAA Division I athletic leagues have a relationship with a regional cable partner like the Missouri Valley Conference has with FOX Sports Midwest and Senior Vice President/General Manager Jack Donovan,” said Jack R. Watkins, MVC Associate Commissioner.
“Extending The Valley brand nationally as well as regionally allows the league to maximize exposure and tell the 107-year story that is the Missouri Valley Conference,” Watkins said.
This season, The Valley will have a 20-game regular-season men’s and women’s basketball package.
In the first week, the schedule starts with a men’s contest with Bradley visiting UNI on Jan. 1, a women’s game with Indiana State hosting UNI on Jan. 3 and a men’s tilt with UNI visiting 2013 NCAA Final Four semifinalist Wichita State on Jan. 5.
The remainder of the men’s basketball regular-season package features four games in January and eight telecasts in February.
Coverage of the 2014 MVC Men’s Basketball Championship in St. Louis on March 6-9 will feature nine telecasts, including the title tilt on CBS Sports on March 9 -- marking the ninth-straight year the championship game airs on CBS.
Both opening-round games on March 6, four quarterfinal games on March 7 and both semifinal tilts on March 8 from Arch Madness will air on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FCS and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
“CBS Sports’ continued commitment to air our title game is testimony to the strength of our basketball,” Elgin concluded.
“Wichita State began its 2013 NCAA Final Four semifinal run at Arch Madness, and we are grateful that CBS Sports will continue to spread The Valley brand nationally.”
The Valley will televise six regular-season women’s basketball games on the MVC TV Network -- UNI at Indiana State on Jan. 3, Drake at Wichita State on Jan. 20, Loyola at Missouri State on Feb. 7, Evansville at Illinois State on Feb. 14, Illinois State at Wichita State on Feb. 21 and a Wildcard Weekend telecast Feb. 27.
“Valley women’s basketball teams made tremendous strides last season, sending two teams to the NCAA Tournament and posting a first-round victory,” Elgin said.
“Our postseason tournament features a ‘winner-takes-it-all’ excitement, and we are grateful that we can bring that to our fans.”
The 2014 MVC Tournament semifinals (March 15) and title game (March 16) from The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. -- site of the event for a seventh-straight year -- comprise the tournament coverage.
The Valley will also air its postseason title matches or games for women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball on the MVC TV Network.
“Given the regular-season success of our Olympic sport programs as well as their continued NCAA Tournament achievements makes televising the title matches or games from our championships a no-brainer,” Watkins said.
“Some of The Valley’s greatest stories have unfolded at our tournaments, and we are happy to share them with the nation.”
The Valley will televise title matches from the MVC Women’s Soccer Championship from Black Beauty Field in Evansville, Ind., on Nov. 10, and the MVC Men’s Soccer Championship from Shea Stadium in Peoria, Ill., on Nov. 17.
The league will telecast the title match of the MVC Volleyball Championship from Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan., on Nov. 30.
In the spring, the Conference will televise the championship game of the 2014 MVC Softball Tournament from Marian Kneer Stadium at Normal, Ill., on Saturday, May 10.
The Valley will conclude its 2013-14 TV schedule on Saturday, May 24, with the telecast of the title contest of the 2014 MVC Baseball Championship from Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Ind., for the first time.