NS. LOUIS – The Missouri Valley Conference will distribute a men’s basketball television package through Bally Sports Midwest and NBC Sports Chicago in 2021-22, Commissioner Jeff Jackson announced today.
The Valley, with Kansas City-based LTN Global Communications as its production company, partnered with Bally Sports Midwest – along with its regional sister companies Bally Sports Indiana and Bally Sports Kansas City – and NBC Sports Chicago to create the television shows.
The Valley on ESPN – the league’s digital co-branding platform via the ESPN app – will also distribute the productions outside of the combined presence of the two networks in six states – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. TV programs shown in the coverage area of the regional sports networks are streamed via the Bally Sports app.
The Valley has multi-year agreements with Bally Sports Midwest and NBC Sports Chicago for the 2023-24 academic year.
“The alliance between our regional partnerships with Bally Sports Midwest and NBC Sports Chicago, and the collaboration between these networks and ESPN, continues to bring our men’s basketball games to national linear and digital distribution,” said Jackson, who served in his freshman year as commissioner. “This collaborative affiliation gives our fans multiple ways to consume our men’s basketball content.”
The 2021-22 package includes five appearances through 2021 in the regular MVC season and the defending champion of the State Farm MVC tournament, Loyola, as well as four appearances each for Drake and Missouri State. Loyola reached the Sweet 16 during the 2021 NCAA tournament, while Drake received a general bid and advanced to the second round.
Five schools – Bradley, Evansville, Illinois State, Indiana State, and Valparaiso – will each receive three exposures.
The league’s schedule indicates Wednesday, December 1st, when Loyola will host Indiana State at the Gentile Arena in north Chicago, Illinois.
After the start of the year, conference play will resume on Sunday, January 2, as the first of two televised match-ups between Drake and Missouri State at JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri.
January coverage also includes Valparaiso in Northern Iowa (January 5), Bradley in Loyola (January 8), Illinois State in Drake (January 12), Drake in Evansville (January 15), Loyola in Evansville (January 18). January 23rd), Evansville, Illinois (January 23), southern Illinois at Loyola (January 25), and Indiana state at Bradley (January 30).
The February program includes Missouri State in Southern Illinois (February 2), Missouri State in Drake (February 9), Valparaiso in Missouri State (February 12), Loyola in Valparaiso (February 16), Illinois State in Bradley (Feb. 19) and Northern Iowa, Indiana, (Feb. 23).
The 2022 State Farm MVC Men’s Basketball Championship – the League’s 32nd consecutive event in St. Louis – March 3-6 will feature nine games, with the first six competitions being shown on Bally Sports Midwest and NBC Sports Chicago.
Both of the opening round games on March 3 and the four quarterfinal games on March 4 will be broadcast on Bally Sports Midwest, NBC Sports Chicago and The Valley on ESPN outside of the RSN footprint from six states.
The March 5 semifinals will air on CBS Sports Network, and the March 6 title contest will air at 1 p.m. Central on CBS Sports for a 17th straight season.
In 2020, The Valley joined the Big East (New York City) as the only Division I athletics leagues to host their men’s basketball tournaments in the same city for 30 or more consecutive years.
The 2022 event marks the 26th straight year that Bally Sports Midwest has broadcast Arch Madness TV shows and the 18th straight year that NBC Sports Chicago has hosted tournament promotions.
Bally Sports Midwest, renamed from FOX Sports Midwest on March 31, 2021, began MVC-produced content during the 1996-97 academic semester – the first year the conference brought all 10 teams for Arch Madness to St. Louis .