ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Valley Conference, in its 105th year of athletic competition, will produce a 36-telecast, in-house television package on FOX Sports Midwest in 2011-12, 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. In fact, FCS will clear men’s basketball games for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
“The MVC TV Network remains the most visible marketing and promotional tool for our programs, coaches and student-athletes,” said Elgin. “We are ecstatic about our new agreements with FOX Sports, Comcast and FCS, which provide regional and national exposure for our schools.”
“Over the past 19 years, a big key to our TV endeavors has been our partnership with FOX Sports and our relationship with SVP/General Manager Jack Donovan and his great staff,” added Jack R. Watkins, MVC associate commissioner for marketing and television. “The line-up of FOX, Comcast and FCS gives us an ideal platform to expand The Valley brand.”
This season, the Valley will have a 20-game regular-season men’s and women’s basketball package, which begins in December with men’s games on Dec. 28 with Missouri State visiting Creighton and Dec. 29 with Evansville playing host to Southern Illinois in the first-ever MVC TV Network telecast from Ford Center.
The remainder of the men’s basketball regular-season package features five games in January and seven games in February, including a Wildcard Weekend contest on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The 2012 State Farm MVC Men’s Basketball Championship in St. Louis on March 1-4 will feature nine high definition telecasts, including the title tilt on CBS Sports on March 4. Both opening-round games on March 1, four quarterfinal games on March 2 and both semifinal tilts on March 3 from Arch Madness will air on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FCS and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
“Televising all nine games from our men’s basketball championship is a statement,” said Elgin. “And CBS Sports’ continued commitment to air our title game is a testament to the strength of our basketball.”
State Farm Insurance, which has been the title sponsor for the men’s basketball tournament since 2001, shares the excitement for the league’s 2011-12 telecast opportunities.
“Missouri Valley Conference student-athletes will be rightfully showcased on a regional and national television platform due to the tireless efforts of Commissioner Doug Elgin and his staff,” said John Althoff, Collegiate Sports Sponsorship Coordinator for State Farm. “Year in and year out, Valley athletes produce numerous highlights on the field and great results in the classroom. We look forward to witnessing remarkable achievements again this year!”
The Valley will televise six regular-season women’s basketball games on the MVC TV Network -- Illinois State at Indiana State on Jan. 6, Bradley at UNI on Jan. 20, UNI at Creighton Jan. 27, Wichita State at Missouri State on Feb. 10 and Wildcard Weekend telecasts on Feb. 24 and 26.
The women’s basketball package also includes the 2012 State Farm MVC Championship semifinals (March 10) and title game (March 11) from The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. -- the fifth-straight year that the postseason event will be played at a neutral site.
In addition to basketball, The Valley will air its postseason title matches or games for women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball on the MVC TV Network.
“Having the resources to televise the title matches/games for soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball plus our women’s basketball championship demonstrates the commitment by our schools to funding broad-based programs,” said Elgin. “To highlight our top teams at the key points in their seasons and to promote our student-athletes are vital to each sport’s at-large resume for NCAA consideration.”
The Valley will televise title matches of the 2011 State Farm MVC Women’s Soccer Championship in Springfield, Mo, on Nov. 6, and the 2011 State Farm MVC Men’s Soccer Championship in Omaha, Neb., on Nov. 13.
The league will telecast the title match of the 2011 State Farm MVC Volleyball Championship in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Nov. 26, and the championship game of the 2012 State Farm MVC Softball Tournament in Carbondale, Ill., on Saturday, May 12.
The Valley will also televise the title contest of the 2012 State Farm MVC Baseball Championship on Saturday, May 26, from Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.