ROOT SPORTS named official regional television partner of the Mountain West Conference

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:09 p.m. MDT

DENVER, Colo. — DIRECTV Sports Networks and the Mountain West Conference have entered into a multi-year agreement, making DIRECTV Sports and its ROOT SPORTS-branded regional sports network, the regional TV home of Mountain West football and men's basketball.

ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain will annually produce and televise approximately 10 football games featuring Mountain West teams, and a minimum of 25 MW intra-conference and non-conference men's basketball games, beginning with the 2013-2014 season. All events will be produced and distributed in high definition.

"We are pleased to partner with the Mountain West Conference to bring these games to fans throughout the region," said Patrick Crumb, president of DIRECTV Sports Networks. "The Mountain West offers competitive, compelling matchups, and we look forward to providing a platform to showcase the conference and its teams."

David Woodman, general manager of ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain, said his team is also pleased with this partnership.

"Our entire ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain team is excited to be the regional home of the Mountain West Conference," he said. "With many member institutions located within our network's footprint, these games will be a great addition to our collegiate sports programming for years to come."

Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson expressed how this partnership is good now and for the league's future.

"This unique partnership will provide enhanced coverage and promotion for the entire MW membership," Thompson said. "ROOT SPORTS Rocky Mountain is an important component in an innovative, multi-platform exposure plan for the future of the league."

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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