By Brian Murphy
The Sports Business Journal is reporting that The Mtn. will shut down on May 31.
The Mtn. is owned by CBS Sports Network (50 percent) and Comcast Sports Network (50 percent).
The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that NBC Universal/Comcast told the league it would end distribution of the network on June 1.
The Mountain West still has agreements with CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) to televise its games, but shutting down The Mtn. would leave some games without a television home. That could open the door for local broadcasts of games, likely on KTVB in Boise.
The Journal reports that CBS Sports Network could broadcast additional games as part of an agreement with the Mountain West.
Boise State had three football games on The Mtn. in 2011. The Broncos also had 11 men's basketball games televised on The Mtn. in 2011-12.
While it is expected that Boise State could find a television home for its attractive football program, the basketball team is unlikely to enjoy so many televised games again without The Mtn.
The Mountain West is expected to release its football schedule with television networks and game times soon.
The news comes as the Mountain West and Conference USA are negotiating a potential merger. Both leagues have been hit by defections in recent months, including Boise State's move to the Big East in football and the WAC in other sports.
“This is simply one step in the ongoing, evolutionary process which is focused on developing a new organization and structure. The goals continue to be creating greater stability, broader exposure platforms and increased revenue, and we are progressing in each of those areas with the appropriate parties," Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said in a statement released by the league.
The Mtn. was launched Sept. 1, 2006 before the conference TV networks, such as the Big 10 network and others, became commonplace.
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