ESPN and BYU Continue Their Football History ESPN and BYU have a long history together, including BYU performs on ESPN`s first regular-season college football game, when the Cougars beat No. 3 Pittsburgh (September 1, 1984). Since a media rights agreement was reached in 2011, ESPN has broadcast 50 home games and 86 Cougar football games. BREAKING: BYU and ESPN finally announce their new seven-year media rights agreement for BYU`s home games until the 2026 season. Also included in the agreement, Bowl games are byu play in (if Bol is allowed). Article that will soon be on t.co/4kU961CZ7h BYU and ESPN have agreed on a 7-year contract to televise BYUs home games, according to Brett McMurphy of Sports Stadium. The contract also guarantees BYU a bowl game if the Cougars are capable of a bowl. While cougars are hired for the next six seasons (provided they are eligible for Bowl), it is not entirely set in stone. Each Bowl playing contract has a one-year exemption clause that would allow BYU to play cheez-It Bowl in Phoenix, which has a large community of Cougar fans. Holmoe said that over the years he has received calls about BYU`s interest in various “new” start-up bowls and many existing bowls and has always told them, “We`re at ESPN.
You can talk to ESPN. But after speaking to Independence Bowl executive, Missy Setters and ESPN, he felt it was in BYU`s best interest to “create this unique opportunity for our football program and our fans across the South.” Part of the ByU Independence Bowl, byu release agreement: The Cougars are scheduled to appear in Shreveport in 2021 and 2025 against a Conference USA opponent and in 2023 against a Pac-12 team. In addition to each of these Game-Tie-Ins Bowls, the Cougars have the option to play the Cheez-It Bowl in Phoenix once during each of their contracts (twice in total). The tie-in is tied to the Bowl`s sponsorship conferences, currently the Big Ten and Big 12, which do not meet the total quota of eligible Bowl teams – and can only be optional once through each deal. Under the new media rights agreement, at least four games per year will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, with the rest broadcast on the same networks or espnu.