Portland State Vikings and Big Sky Conference sporting events will be broadcast live on ESPN + starting this fall as part of a multi-year agreement on media rights.
The Big Sky and ESPN made the joint announcement on Wednesday. The deal moves the Portland State and Big Sky live broadcasts of Pluto TV and WatchBigSky.com to the ESPN portfolio of college sports offerings.
Over 600 Big Sky men’s and women’s sporting events will be broadcast on ESPN + and the ESPN app. ESPN + is a streaming service that costs $ 5.99 per month or $ 59.99 per year.
Two Big Sky football matches per season will be broadcast on ESPNU. A regular season men’s basketball game and conference championship games for both men’s and women’s basketball will be broadcast on ESPN networks.
“This landmark deal for Big Sky and our members rightly aligns the country’s preeminent FCS conference with the strongest media brand in sport,” Big Sky Commissioner Tom Wistrcill said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled to join the ESPN family and deliver an elevated viewing experience with hundreds of Big Sky contests on ESPN + each year. Additionally, the many linear ESPN opportunities available to us are unprecedented among our peers, and yet another way to enhance the Big Sky brand. “