Network will be the exclusive home of eight Mountain West matchups

DENVER, Colo. – ROOT SPORTS™ and the Mountain West Conference announced today that the network will televise eight live MW football games in 2016. This will mark ROOT SPORTS’ fourth season as the official regional television partner of the Mountain West.

ROOT SPORTS will kick off coverage on Thursday, September 1 from University Stadium in Albuquerque as the New Mexico Lobos host the South Dakota Coyotes. The Thursday night kickoff is a first for both universities and the first non-Saturday home opener for New Mexico in 20 years.

The 2016 season is highlighted with rivalry matchups between Northern Colorado at Colorado State (Sept. 17), as well as Air Force at Wyoming (Oct. 8). All matchups will be available exclusively on ROOT SPORTS in the Rocky Mountain region, with several matchups also available on ROOT SPORTS in the Northwest and Southwest territories. These three ROOT SPORTS regions combined reach nearly 10 million homes across 17 states.

ROOT SPORTS was nominated for two regional Emmy® Awards for its 2015 coverage of Mountain West football (winners will be announced in July). The network also won an Emmy® for its coverage of the Border War between Colorado State and Wyoming in 2014. Several familiar faces will return to the broadcasts as well, with Marc Stout and Drew Goodman splitting play-by-play duties and Sherdrick Bonner serving as analyst.

The Mountain West sent a record eight teams to postseason bowl games in 2015, with San Diego State and Boise State also making appearances in the AP and Coaches Top 25 rankings. Nine MW players were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, including Boise State linebacker Kamalei Correa, who was selected 42nd overall by the Baltimore Ravens. Colorado State also had multiple players selected in the draft for the third consecutive year.