Friday, December 4, 2015

2015 CFB TV Facts & Figures - Conference USA

The 2015 season was the final year of all rights agreements pertaining to C-USA football with each agreement concluding at the end of the 2015-16 athletic year.  Very little is known about the future of the conference's rights, but it is known that the conference wants to increase their profile with respect to men's basketball and that they may be willing to try some alternative distribution methods.

Here's how things shook out in 2015:

* The combined fourteen games on FS1 and CBS Sports Network represent the lowest number of games televised by those two networks when compared vs. both 2014 (16) and 2013 (24).  To be fair and provide context, none of these years had the exact same conference members as 2013 had members transitioning out to the American Athletic Conference after the season and 2014 was the final year (for now) of UAB football.

* While this is more of a function of the setup of the C-USA schedule, nine of the fourteen games that aired on FS1 or CBSSN were played on a day other than a Saturday.

* Eight of the fourteen FS1 & CBSSN games were non-conference games.

* FS1 did not pick up any C-USA games through the in-season selection process.  Every one of these games aired on either FSN or FOX College Sports.

* Part of the zero-sum aspect of the C-USA deal with FOX as they have a fixed number of games: FSN carried fourteen games in 2015, up two from 2014.  FS1 carried seven games, down two from 2014.

* The school that was featured the most on FS1 and CBSSN was Western Kentucky, who appeared in four of the fourteen games.  WKU also appeared four times on FSN, sharing the honor for the most FSN appearances with Louisiana Tech, Marshall

* American Sports Network again televised 30 games.  Unfortunately for the second straight year, ASN did not stream these games nationally.

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