The Mountain Hawks pose for pictures after winning the Patriot League on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Goodman Stadium. All Patriot League games will now be accessible through ESPN+. (Sam Henry/B&W Staff)

BREAKING: Patriot League announces new partnership with ESPN


The Patriot League announced a new partnership with ESPN in a Wednesday news release. 

“The Patriot League has reached a multi-year agreement that makes ESPN+ the exclusive digital home for live and archived Patriot League sporting events, starting with the 2020-2021 academic year,” the announcement said. 

While Lehigh sports will not have live action this fall, the agreement will go into effect this weekend. 

“The first event involving a Patriot League school this fall is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, when Navy hosts Pittsburgh in a women’s soccer contest,” the league said. 

Navy and Army are the only schools in the Patriot League that are allowed to have a fall season.

With this announcement, the Patriot League is one of 20 athletic conferences to partner with ESPN. ESPN+ will be home to more than 800 annual events, including college football games and men’s and women’s basketball contests.

For $5.99 a month, or $49.99 per year, ESPN+ subscribers will gain access to Patriot League live events and other ESPN programming.

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