ESPN will enter into a programming agreement with the HBCU Network as they own the rights to games from the the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
“ESPN’s involvement is strictly on the programming side,” said Curtis Symonds, CEO of the HBCU Network. “All they have really done is basically allowed us to get the second window of their HBCU rights. They have exclusive rights with the MEAC and the SWAC. What they will do is take the first swoop of games and whatever’s left, we can take the second swoop.”