August 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

AP source: MAC agrees to 13-year deal with ESPN

Central Michigan, coached by Dan Enos, and the rest of the Mid-American Conference has agreed to a new deal with ESPN, according to an Associated Press source. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Mid-American Conference has agreed to a new 13-year contract with ESPN. The agreement gives the network all television distribution rights to the league’s football games through the 2026-27 season.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was still being completed and did not reveal financial details.

The MAC has three years left on its current eight-year deal with ESPN that pays the conference about $1 million per year.

The person says the new deal reworks the final years of the old contract. The new agreement also gives ESPN rights to some MAC men’s and women’s basketball and Olympic sports.

The MAC has found a niche on TV with late-season weeknight football games on ESPN.