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ESPN, Mountain West Conference finalizing multimillion-dollar deal

Published: Thursday, March 7 2013 3:35 p.m. MST

Utah State Aggies linebacker Kyler Fackrell (52) runs back an interception as Utah State University defeatsToledo 41-15 as they play football in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012,in Boise, Idaho.

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The Mountain West Conference and ESPN are expected to finalize a multimillion-dollar deal to televise up to 22 football games and 25 men's basketball games annually, according to an ESPN report.

The deal will be for seven years and include all of Boise State's home football games. The MWC can still negotiate the rights to its conference championship football game.

The MWC has an existing deal with CBS Sports Network, and the new deal will bring the total value of its media rights to $116 million or $18 million annually, according to ESPN.

Ryan Carreon is a web editor for DeseretNews.com. E-mail him at rcarreon@desnews.com

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