Monday, April 25, 2016 | 12:50 p.m.
UNLV will appear on ESPN2 when it travels to Boise State, it was announced today. The Rebels will kick off at 6 or 6:30 p.m. Las Vegas time on Friday, Nov. 18, in Boise, one of 10 non-Saturday games the Mountain West Conference revealed TV information for this morning.
Because of the way the league negotiated its TV payout structure, Boise State will receive $300,000 for the game, while UNLV’s $300,000 will be put into a pool distributed evenly to the rest of the league. Only Hawaii, which has its own TV deal, doesn’t receive any of the money.
The format was determined to be better than the original structure, which paid teams evenly for each appearance they made. Two teams — UNLV and Colorado State — didn’t receive any money in the first year. The league’s TV committee, which included UNLV Athletics Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy, decided that since Boise State was making the most appearances, the teams not in the Broncos’ division needed help.
“Those of us in the West Division realized after year one we weren’t getting any money, because we weren’t having the advantage of playing Boise State,” Kunzer-Murphy said in October.
For example, UNLV has made only one paid appearance on national TV: last year’s Friday night loss at Fresno State. But the Rebels received about an additional $300,000 the past two years from the distribution.
The rest of UNLV’s TV schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.