The University of North Dakota Athletics Department announced today that it has signed a five-year television contract with Midco Sports Network® (MidcoSN®) through the 2021-22 season. The new agreement will include a minimum of 40 live event broadcasts per year, plus the continuation of weekly programs UND Sports Extra and North Dakota Hockey with Brad Berry.
UND will receive $1.425 million in rights fees over the length of the new contract.
“A great broadcast partnership continues for UND Athletics with our five-year contract renewal with Midco Sports Network,” said North Dakota Athletics Director Brian Faison. “We will continue to enjoy increased exposure, added revenue, high-quality production and exceptional distribution for our sports programs by Midco Sports Network."
Live event broadcasts will once include all home men’s hockey games, all home football games, five men’s basketball games, five women’s basketball games, four women’s hockey games, and three volleyball matches. Conference television contracts take precedence before MidcoSN selects its broadcast schedule.
“We’re very pleased that the partnership between UND and Midco Sports Network will continue for another five years,” said Mark Powell, Midcontinent Communications Vice President of Business Solutions. “I think fans throughout the region will enjoy the coverage provided by Alex Heinert, our new UND on-air talent, during our two coaches’ shows and our multiple live broadcasts.”
New to the agreement and effective for 2016-17 is a live, 60-minute program that will air on the morning of national signing day for football and will be repeated at least once per day for the following week. The signing day special will feature UND coaches and their analysis of the signing class.
Beginning in 2017, MidcoSN will produce a weekly UND football show, featuring in-studio guests, game analysis and feature profiles. This new programming addition will also allow for more exposure on UND Sports Extra for UND basketball, women’s hockey, and volleyball and all other UND sports.