TNT Sports to Broadcast Mountain West Conference Games on truTV, Max (2024)

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TNT Sports and the Mountain West Conference have come to terms on a multiyear agreement that will bring a full schedule of live college football games to air exclusively on truTV and Max beginning this year. The platforms will present 14 Mountain West college football games during its inaugural season, starting with a kickoff game between San José State and Sacramento State on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. PST. The first Saturday game on truTV and Max will commence on Saturday, Aug. 31 when San Diego State hosts Texas A&M Commerce at 5 p.m. PST. Both truTV and Max will serve as the home for four Saturday doubleheaders within the conference, including the first three Saturdays in September and on Saturday, Oct. 12 as well.

The new agreement marks the first time TNT Sports will televise a regular schedule of college football games since TBS carried both the Big 12 and Pac 12 Conferences in the 2000s. FOX Sports signed a six-year media rights agreement with the Mountain West that runs through the conclusion of the 2025-26 season, which includes exclusive rights to Boise State home football games and the conference’s championship game.

CBS Sports also broadcasts Mountain West games as part of a multiyear deal that expires at the same time and broadcasts select football and men’s basketball games within the deal, along with the conference’s men’s basketball championship game. Games airing on TNT Sports platforms will be in addition to the 49-game national television package with CBS Television Network, CBS Sports Network, FOX and FOX Networks.

“TNT Sports provides the Mountain West with a third national television partner to showcase the outstanding student-athletes across the league,” Gloria Nevarez, commissioner of the Mountain West Conference, said in a statement. “TNT Sports has always been a leader in sports broadcasting, and adding one of the top conferences in the FBS to its lineup will certainly be a benefit to MW and college football fans across the country.”

Various reports have stated that the NBA is in the process of formalizing new media rights contracts with The Walt Disney Company (ESPN/ABC), NBCUniversal and Amazon’s Prime Video said to be worth a collective $76 billion over the duration of the deal. Warner Bros. Discovery, the parent company of TNT Sports, could reportedly explore trying to enact its matching rights clause, although there exists ambiguity as to the breadth of that provision. Over the last two months, TNT Sports has signed media rights deals with the French Open and Big East basketball, along with sublicensing select College Football Playoff games from ESPN.

“We are excited to partner with the Mountain West and bring these compelling college football games to truTV and Max,” Raphael Poplock, senior vice president of acquisitions, business developments and partnerships at TNT Sports, said in a statement. “With this agreement, we will further expand our live sports programming on truTV while creating additional exposure for the Mountain West and its student-athletes across our TNT Sports platforms.”

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truTV started hosting TNT Sports prime time programming in March, which featured programs leveraging the properties within the Warner Bros. Discovery portfolio.

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TNT Sports has announced that it will be expanding its lineup of sports programming airing on truTV this fall. The sports division of Warner Bros. Discovery unveiled a lineup of shows this year that complemented its properties, including the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. Beginning this October starting at 6 p.m. EST, TNT Sports will also implement its branding and graphics within the prime-time television programming lineup on the channel. In 2025, content on truTV will continue to expand as new media rights agreements with NASCAR, the French Open (Roland-Garros) and the Big East Conference are set to begin.

TNT Sports programming airing on truTV will include NASCAR practice and qualifying rounds, along with coverage of the French Open and Big East Conference basketball. While these properties will begin next year, Mountain West Conference football will commence this fall concurrent with coverage of NBA, NHL and MLB in addition to the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Team, MotoGP and Bellator MMA. Nightly programs including TNT Sports Tonight and The Line, along with unscripted competition shows such as Wipeout, featured sports movies, documentaries and scripted series, will be on the air in addition to other programming.

“We’re very pleased with the early launch of the TNT Sports programming block on truTV and will expand our commitment to bolstering the dedicated primetime sports lineup this Fall,” Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer of TNT Sports, said in a statement. “Just as Adult Swim takes over for a different audience at night from Cartoon Network, we aspire for TNT Sports on truTV to be a go-to destination for a dynamic range of fans seeking not only more premium sports, but also alternate ways to experience and enjoy them, along with additional culturally relevant and entertaining sports content.”

truTV started hosting TNT Sports prime time programming in March, which featured programs leveraging the properties within the Warner Bros. Discovery portfolio. For example, in-season episodes of The Steam Room vodcast and Shaqtin’ a Fool were aired on the network, along with a new weekly House of Highlights show created for truTV. A live, daily 30-minute news and updates show titled TNT Sports Update was also part of the original lineup, along with select alternate presentations for live games produced by the company.

TNT Sports will televise approximately 1,000 hours of sports programming on truTV in 2024 and plans to increase the total quantity next year. Additional programming airing on truTV from TNT Sports is going to be announced in the months ahead.

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Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever defeated Sabrina Ionescu and the New York Liberty by a final score of 83-78 on Saturday, in a game broadcast by CBS Sports that averaged 1.87 million viewers. The game was televised on CBS and available to stream live on Paramount+ as part of a multi-year agreement with the WNBA announced last quarter. Viewership of the matchup peaked at 2.65 million viewers in the quarter-hour from 2:45 to 3 p.m. EST. The Fever were on CBS airwaves for the second and final time during the WNBA season following a game against the Chicago Sky in mid-June that averaged 2.25 million viewers and at the time was the most-watched WNBA game in 23 years.

The comparable game between the Phoenix Mercury and Washington Mystics last July averaged 592,000 viewers on the network, representing a 215% year-over-year increase. This is the 11th WNBA game to average at least 1 million viewers. The WNBA previously attained 12 games of more than 1 million viewers in 2002, the most occurrences the league reached this feat in a single season, according to Jon Lewis of Sports Media Watch. Saturday’s game, Lewis added, attained the fifth-largest WNBA audience in the last 23 years. Entering the season, the WNBA had not attained an average audience of more than 1 million viewers in 16 years.

The WNBA is averaging 1.37 million viewers on CBS this season, which is up 132% over last year’s average of 592,000 viewers. CBS will broadcast a matchup between the Los Angeles Sparks and Dallas Wings on Saturday, July 13 at 3:30 p.m. The next day, CBS Sports Network will broadcast the game between the Las Vegas Aces and Washington Mystics at 3 p.m. EST, the final CBS Sports broadcast before the All-Star and Olympic breaks. The network will resume its WNBA broadcasts on Saturday, Aug. 17 when the Minnesota Lynx take on the Washington Mystics at 3:30 p.m. EST.

As part of its existing media rights deal with the WNBA, CBS will present eight WNBA regular season games per year on its primary linear network. Furthermore, the sports division will broadcast an additional 12 games on the CBS Sports Network, adding to the scope of its coverage. CBS Sports has been broadcasting WNBA games over the last five years, first coming to terms on a media rights deal in 2019.

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The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees in the rubber match of a three-game series, securing a 3-0 victory on ESPN’s presentation of Sunday Night Baseball. The ESPN broadcast attained an average of 2.36 million viewers, representing the most-watched edition of Sunday Night Baseball since 2019 excluding opening weekend games. Additionally, a peak audience of 2.95 million viewers tuned in to the contest at 8:45 p.m. EST, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.

Throughout the broadcast, which featured play-by-play announcer Karl Ravech, analyst Eduardo Pérez and reporter Buster Olney, the commentary discussed the MLB All-Star Game rosters that were revealed beforehand on ESPN. Moreover, the presentation included an in-game interview with Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran. ESPN analyst David Cone was under the weather and missed the broadcast but called in over the phone for an inning.

As Major League Baseball heads into its All-Star break, Sunday Night Baseball is averaging 1.62 million viewers, which is up 6% over last season. The broadcast property will return to the air on Sunday, July 21 when the Boston Red Sox face the Los Angeles Dodgers from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. ESPN will also broadcast a matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. EST. Earlier in the year, a matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres averaged 1.96 million viewers on ESPN.

Within the All-Star Break, ESPN will televise the 2024 MLB Draft on Sunday, July 14 at 7 p.m. that will also be available to stream live on ESPN+. The next day, ESPN platforms will broadcast the T-Mobile Home Run Derby from Globe Life Field at 8 p.m. EST. The contest will feature a new format in which the players with the top four scores will advance and that hitters will see a maximum of 40 pitches in each round. Participants who have been announced for the Home Run Derby thus far include Gunnar Henderson, Pete Alonso, Bobby Witt Jr., Marcell Ozuna and Alec Bohm.

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