|Commissioner||Jon Steinbrecher (since 2009)|
|No. of teams||12|
The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I collegiate athletic conference with a membership base in the Great Lakes region that stretches from Western New York to Illinois. Nine of the twelve full member schools are in Ohio and Michigan, with single members located in Illinois, Indiana, and New York. For football, the MAC participates in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision.
The MAC is headquartered in the Public Square district in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, and has two members in the nearby Akron area. The conference ranks highest among all ten NCAA Division I FBS conferences for graduation rates.
The five charter members of the Mid-American Conference were Ohio University, Butler University, the University of Cincinnati, Wayne University (now Wayne State University), and Western Reserve University, one of the predecessors to today's Case Western Reserve University. Wayne University left after the first year. Miami University and Western Michigan University took the place of those charter members for the 1948 season. The MAC added the University of Toledo (1950), Kent State University (1951), and Bowling Green State University (1952). The University of Cincinnati resigned its membership February 18, 1953, with an effective date of June 1, 1953. Cincinnati's decision was based on a new requirement that at least 5 conference football games would have to be scheduled each season, University President Raymond Walters saying they "...regretfully resign...as the university could not continue under the present setup..."
The membership was steady for the next two decades except for the addition of Marshall University in 1954 and the departure of Western Reserve in 1955. Marshall was expelled from the conference in 1969 due to NCAA violations. The first major expansion since the 1950s took place in the mid-1970s with the addition of Central Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University in 1972 and Ball State University and Northern Illinois University in 1973. NIU left after the 1985–86 season. The University of Akron joined the conference in 1992. The conference became the largest in Division I-A with the re-admittance of Marshall and NIU in 1997 and addition of the Bulls from the University at Buffalo in 1998. The University of Central Florida, a non-football all-sports member in the Atlantic Sun Conference at the time, joined for football only in 2002, becoming the first football-only member in conference history. Marshall and Central Florida left after the 2004–05 academic year, both joining Conference USA in all sports.
In May 2005, the Temple Owls in Philadelphia signed a six-year contract with the MAC as a football-only school and began play in the East Division in 2007.
The Louisville Cardinals were a MAC affiliate for field hockey for a number of years when Louisville was a member of the Metro Conference and Conference USA, winning two MAC tourney titles in 2003 and 2004.
The Missouri State Bears, Evansville Purple Aces, and Southern Illinois Salukis participate in the MAC for men's swimming and diving. In 2012, the West Virginia Mountaineers joined the Florida Atlantic Owls and Hartwick College Hawks as men's soccer affiliates. Florida Atlantic departed upon joining Conference USA in 2013. Hartwick's contract was not renewed by the MAC in 2015. Nine schools are wrestling affiliates; most became affiliates when the MAC absorbed the former Eastern Wrestling League in 2019. Appalachian State University and Longwood University are associates in field hockey; Missouri State had also been a member in that sport from 2005 until dropping field hockey after the 2016 season. Binghamton University is an affiliate in men's tennis. In June 2017, SIU Edwardsville (SIUE) was invited to become an affiliate member in both men's soccer and wrestling in 2018. When Buffalo suddenly dropped four sports, including men's soccer, SIUE's move in that sport was made immediately.
The UMass Minutemen joined the MAC as a football-only member in July 2012; the university announced that the team would leave the MAC at the end of the 2015 season due to contractual issues. Meanwhile, Temple ended its affiliation with the MAC in football and joined the Big East for football in July 2012. Following the split of the Big East into football-sponsoring and non-football conferences in July 2013, Temple became a full member of the football-sponsoring portion, the American Athletic Conference, ending its membership in the Atlantic 10 at that time. The Chicago State Cougars were an affiliate for men's tennis until joining the Western Athletic Conference, which sponsors that sport, in July 2013.
The conference unveiled the addition of women's lacrosse to its sport sponsorship in November 2019. Lacrosse began competing under the MAC banner with six teams in the 2021 season with MAC members Akron, Central Michigan and Kent State joined by associate members Detroit Mercy, Robert Morris, and Youngstown State. Eastern Michigan became the seventh women's lacrosse member when it added the sport in the 2022 season.
There are twelve public schools with full membership:
|University of Akron||Akron, Ohio||1870||1992||Public||16,094||$236||Zips|
|Bowling Green State University||Bowling Green, Ohio||1910||1952||18,142||$200||Falcons|
|University at Buffalo||Buffalo, New York||1846||1998||32,347||$1,020||Bulls|
|Kent State University||Kent, Ohio||1910||1951||26,822||$188||Golden Flashes|
|Miami University||Oxford, Ohio||1809||1947||18,880||$736||RedHawks|
|Ohio University||Athens, Ohio||1804||1946||25,714||$943||Bobcats|
|Ball State University||Muncie, Indiana||1918||1973||Public||21,597||$213||Cardinals|
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, Michigan||1892||1971||17,311||$246||Chippewas|
|Eastern Michigan University||Ypsilanti, Michigan||1849||1971||16,294||$78||Eagles|
|Northern Illinois University||DeKalb, Illinois||1895||1975,
|University of Toledo||Toledo, Ohio||1872||1950||18,319||$551||Rockets|
|Western Michigan University||Kalamazoo, Michigan||1903||1947||19,887||$495||Broncos|
Twenty-one schools have MAC affiliate membership status. On July 1, 2012, Temple joined the Big East Conference for football only (the school's other sports would join the Big East/American for 2013–14), and Massachusetts replaced Temple as a football-only member in the MAC East Division. On September 19, 2012, the MAC announced Missouri, Northern Iowa and Old Dominion would join as wrestling affiliates; as the Southeastern and Missouri Valley Conferences do not sponsor wrestling. Missouri and Northern Iowa participated only in the conference tournament in the 2012–13 school year, and began full conference play in 2013–14. Old Dominion did not begin MAC competition until 2013–14, when it left the Colonial Athletic Association (which had sponsored wrestling, but no longer does so) for Conference USA (which has never sponsored the sport). Old Dominion discontinued wrestling in April 2020.
On July 1, 2013, Florida Atlantic's men's soccer program moved with the rest of its athletic program to Conference USA, and Chicago State's men's tennis team followed the rest of its sports to the Western Athletic Conference.
The 2014–15 school year saw one affiliate member leave for another conference and two new affiliates join. The Hartwick men's soccer team left the MAC for the Sun Belt Conference, which had announced in February 2014 that it would reinstate men's soccer, a sport that it last sponsored in 1995, for the 2014 season. The new affiliates for 2014–15 were Binghamton in men's tennis and Longwood in field hockey.
On July 1, 2017, one associate member left the MAC, another associate member dropped one of its two MAC sports, and two new schools became associate members. Northern Iowa wrestling moved from the MAC to the Big 12 Conference. Missouri State dropped field hockey, but remained a MAC member in men's swimming & diving. Appalachian State joined MAC field hockey, and SIU Edwardsville (SIUE) joined in men's soccer. SIUE was initially announced as joining in both men's soccer and wrestling in 2018, but less than a week after the initial announcement, the conference indicated that SIUE men's soccer would immediately join. SIUE wrestling joined on its originally announced schedule.
On March 5, 2019, the conference announced that it would be adding the seven former members of the Eastern Wrestling League as affiliate members in wrestling, making the MAC the second largest wrestling conference for academic year 2019-2020.
With the addition of women's lacrosse, the MAC added affiliate members Detroit Mercy, Robert Morris, and Youngstown State in the 2020–21 academic year. UDM and YSU, all-sports members of the Horizon League, were announced as incoming associates at the same time the MAC announced the addition of lacrosse. RMU was announced as an incoming associate in late June 2020, shortly after the school announced it would join the Horizon League in July 2020.
In June 2020, SIUE announced that it would leave the MAC men's soccer league in 2021 to rejoin its previous men's soccer home of the Missouri Valley Conference. It will remain in MAC wrestling.
Also in 2021, Missouri left MAC wrestling and returned to its former home of the Big 12 Conference as a wrestling-only member. At the same time, four schools became single-sport MAC members—Bellarmine in field hockey, Georgia Southern and Georgia State in men's soccer, and Valparaiso in men's swimming (the school does not include diving in its men's aquatics program).
In 2022, West Virginia men's soccer was scheduled to leave the MAC for single-sport membership in Conference USA. However, due to the tenuous future of C-USA at that time, West Virginia opted instead to join the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) in 2022 as that league reinstated men's soccer. Georgia Southern and Georgia State, both full SBC members, also returned men's soccer to their home conference in 2022. In response, the MAC announced that Chicago State would join as a men's soccer affiliate as of the 2022-23 season, as the Cougars prepare to depart the Western Athletic Conference in all sports, including soccer. Also in 2022, the MAC gained another affiliate when another Chicago institution, UIC, joined for men's swimming & diving.
|Appalachian State University||Boone, North Carolina||1899||2017–18||Public||19,089||Mountaineers||field hockey||Sun Belt|
|Bellarmine University||Louisville, Kentucky||1950||2021–22||Private (Catholic)||3,973||Knights||ASUN|
|Binghamton University||Vestal, New York||1946||2014–15||Public||16,098||Bearcats||tennis (m)||America East|
|Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania||Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania||1839||2019–20||9,950||Huskies||wrestling||PSAC|
|Chicago State University||Chicago, Illinois||1867||2022-23||2,620||Cougars||soccer (m)||Independent|
|Cleveland State University||Cleveland, Ohio||1964||2019–20||17,260||Vikings||wrestling||Horizon|
|University of Detroit Mercy||Detroit, Michigan||1877||2020–21||Private (Catholic)||5,700||Titans||lacrosse (w)|
|University of Evansville||Evansville, Indiana||1854||2009–10||Private (Methodist)||3,050||Purple Aces||swimming & diving (m)||Missouri Valley|
|George Mason University||Fairfax, Virginia||1957||2019–20||Public||35,047||Patriots||wrestling||Atlantic 10|
|Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania||Lock Haven, Pennsylvania||1870||2019–20||4,607||Bald Eagles||wrestling||PSAC|
|Longwood University||Farmville, Virginia||1839||2014–15||4,800||Lancers||field hockey||Big South|
|Missouri State University||Springfield, Missouri||1905||2009–10||21,425||Bears||swimming & diving (m)||Missouri Valley|
|Pennsylvania Western University Clarion (Clarion)[a]||Clarion, Pennsylvania||1867||2019–20||5,225||Golden Eagles||wrestling||PSAC|
|Pennsylvania Western University Edinboro (Edinboro)[a]||Edinboro, Pennsylvania||1857||4,834||Fighting Scots||wrestling||PSAC|
|Rider University||Lawrenceville, New Jersey||1865||Private (nonsectarian)||5,400||Broncs||wrestling||MAAC|
|Robert Morris University||Moon Township, Pennsylvania||1921||2020–21||4,895||Colonials||lacrosse (w)||Horizon|
|Southern Illinois University Carbondale||Carbondale, Illinois||1869||2009–10||Public||17,964||Salukis||swimming & diving (m)||Missouri Valley|
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||Edwardsville, Illinois||1957||2018–19||14,142||Cougars||wrestling||OVC|
|University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)||Chicago, Illinois||1859||2022-23||34,199||Flames||swimming & diving (m)||Missouri Valley|
|Valparaiso University||Valparaiso, Indiana||1859||2021-22||Private||4,500||Beacons||swimming (m)||Missouri Valley|
|Youngstown State University||Youngstown, Ohio||1908||2020–21||Public||15,058||Penguins||lacrosse (w)||Horizon|
School names, nicknames, and colors listed here reflect those used during each school's MAC tenure.
|Butler University||Indianapolis, Indiana||1855||1946||1950||Private||Bulldogs||Big East|
Pioneer (football only)
|University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati, Ohio||1819||1953||Public||Bearcats||The American|
(Big 12 in 2023)
|Marshall University||Huntington, West Virginia||1837||1954||1969||Thundering Herd||Sun Belt|
|Wayne University[b]||Detroit, Michigan||1868||1946||1947||Tartars[c]||GLIAC|
|Western Reserve University[d]||Cleveland, Ohio||1826||1955||Private||Red Cats[e]||UAA|
School names, nicknames, and colors listed here reflect those used during each school's MAC tenure.
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, Florida||1963||2002–03||2004–05||Public||Golden Knights[a]||football||The American|
(Big 12 in 2023)
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton, Florida||1961||2008–09||2012–13||Owls||soccer (m)||C-USA
(The American in 2023)
|Georgia Southern University||Statesboro, Georgia||1906||2021–22||2022–23||Eagles||soccer (m)||Sun Belt|
|Georgia State University||Atlanta, Georgia||1913||Panthers|
|Hartwick College[b]||Oneonta, New York||1797||2007–08||2013–14||Private||Hawks||soccer (m)||Empire 8|
(NCAA Division III)
|Fort Wayne, Indiana||1917||2002–03m.ten.||2006–07||Public||Mastodons[c]||tennis (m)||Summit|
|University of Kentucky||Lexington, Kentucky||1865||1995–96||2004–05||Wildcats||SEC||Sun Belt|
|University of Louisville||Louisville, Kentucky||1798||1994–95||Cardinals||field hockey||ACC|
|University of Massachusetts||Amherst, Massachusetts||1863||2012–13||2015–16||Minutemen||football||Atlantic 10||FBS Independent|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri||1839||2012–13||2020–21||Tigers||wrestling||SEC||Big 12|
|Missouri State University[d]||Springfield, Missouri||1905||2005–06||2016–17||Lady Bears||field hockey||Missouri Valley||(dropped sport)|
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, Iowa||1876||2012–13||Panthers||wrestling||Big 12|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||2013–14||2019–20||Monarchs||Sun Belt||(dropped sport)|
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville[e]||Edwardsville, Illinois||1957||2017–18||2020–21||Cougars||soccer (m)||OVC||Missouri Valley|
|Temple University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||1884||2007–08||2011–12||Owls||football||The American|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, West Virginia||1867||2012–13||2022–23||Mountaineers||soccer (m)||Big 12||Sun Belt|
Full members Full members (non-football) Associate members (football only)
One of the current full member schools, the University at Buffalo, is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 66 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. All members of the MAC are considered "high research activity" ("R2") by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching except for the University at Buffalo, Kent State University, and Ohio University, which are considered "very high research activity" ("R1"), the highest classification given. Member schools are also ranked nationally and globally by various groups, including U.S. News & World Report and Times Higher Education.
|University||Location||Affiliation||Carnegie||Endowment||USN Nat.||URAP Global|
|University of Akron||Akron, Ohio||Public||Research (High)||$236,000,000||293-381||763|
|Ball State University||Muncie, Indiana||Public||Research (High)||$212,800,000||192||1,437|
|Bowling Green State University||Bowling Green, Ohio||Public||Research (High)||$200,000,000||246||1,443|
|University at Buffalo||Buffalo, New York||Public||Research (Very High)||$1,020,000,000||79||279|
|Central Michigan University||Mount Pleasant, Michigan||Public||Research (High)||$246,000,000||240||1,335|
|Eastern Michigan University||Ypsilanti, Michigan||Public||Research (High)||$78,000,000||293-381||2,187|
|Kent State University||Kent, Ohio||Public||Research (Very High)||$188,000,000||211||801|
|Miami University||Oxford, Ohio||Public||Research (High)||$736,000,000||91||1,061|
|Northern Illinois University||DeKalb, Illinois||Public||Research (High)||$99,000,000||293-381||1,078|
|Ohio University||Athens, Ohio||Public||Research (Very High)||$943,400,000||176||701|
|University of Toledo||Toledo, Ohio||Public||Research (High)||$551,000,000||293-381||745|
|Western Michigan University||Kalamazoo, Michigan||Public||Research (High)||$495,000,000||246||1,292|
The Mid-American Conference sponsors championship competition in 11 men's and 13 women's NCAA sanctioned sports, with women's lacrosse becoming the newest sport in 2020–21. As of the 2022–23 school year, 20 schools are associate members for six sports.
As the MAC is an FBS conference, its full members are subject to the NCAA requirement that FBS members field teams in at least 16 NCAA-recognized sports. However, the MAC itself requires sponsorship of only four sports: football, men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball.
|Swimming and diving||6||8|
|Track and field (indoor)||4||12|
|Track and field (outdoor)||5||12|
|School||Baseball||Basketball||Cross country||Football||Golf||Soccer||Swimming||Tennis||Track and field
|Track and field
|Wrestling||Total MAC sports|
|School||Basketball||Cross country||Field hockey||Golf||Gymnastics||Lacrosse||Soccer||Softball||Swimming||Tennis||Track and field
|Track and field
|Volleyball||Total MAC sports|
|Team||First season||All-time record||All-time win %||Bowl appearances||Bowl record||MAC titles||Other conference titles||Stadium||Head coach|
|Akron||1891||518–545–36||.488||2||1–1||1||0||InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field||Joe Moorhead|
|Bowling Green||1919||533–364–52||.589||13||5–8||12||5||Doyt Perry Stadium||Scot Loeffler|
|Buffalo||1894||385–514–28||.430||5*||2–3||1||1||University at Buffalo Stadium||Maurice Linguist|
|Kent State||1920||335–535–28||.389||3||1-2||1||0||Dix Stadium||Sean Lewis|
|Miami (OH)||1888||674–446–44||.598||10||7–3||15||7||Yager Stadium||Chuck Martin|
|Ohio||1894||579–566–47||.505||13||5–8||5||6||Peden Stadium||Tim Albin|
|Ball State||1924||439–402–32||.521||8||1–7||5||5||Scheumann Stadium||Mike Neu|
|Central Michigan||1896||603–400–37||.598||9||3–6||7||9||Kelly/Shorts Stadium||Jim McElwain|
|Eastern Michigan||1891||443–576–47||.438||4||1–3||1||9||Rynearson Stadium||Chris Creighton|
|Northern Illinois||1899||566–475–51||.542||11||4–7||6||8||Huskie Stadium||Thomas Hammock|
|Toledo||1917||517–416–24||.553||15||10–5||10||3||Glass Bowl||Jason Candle|
|Western Michigan||1905||556–439–24||.557||7||1–6||3||1||Waldo Stadium||Tim Lester|
Main article: MAC Championship Game
In 2017, the MAC is contracted to provide a team for each of the four college football bowl games: the Bahamas Bowl, LendingTree Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and Camellia Bowl. The MAC also has secondary agreements with the Quick Lane Bowl and with several ESPN owned bowls.
|Bahamas Bowl||Nassau, Bahamas||C-USA|
|LendingTree Bowl||Mobile, Alabama||Sun Belt|
|Famous Idaho Potato Bowl||Boise, Idaho||Mountain West|
|Camellia Bowl||Montgomery, Alabama||Sun Belt|
The MAC champion receives an automatic berth in one of the so-called "New Year's Six" bowl games associated with the College Football Playoff under either of the following circumstances:
The first "Access Bowl" berth in 2014 went to Boise State (MW); the 2015 berth went to Houston (American). The MAC got its first berth in 2016 with Western Michigan, who had an undefeated regular season that year and finished ranked at No. 15 in the AP Poll.
During the era of the now-defunct Bowl Championship Series (BCS), one MAC team appeared in a BCS bowl game. In 2012, NIU qualified by being ranked in the top 16 (15th) in the season's final BCS standings, and also higher than at least one champion of a conference that received an automatic berth in a BCS game. In the 2012 season, two such conference champions were ranked below NIU: Big East champion Louisville, who was ranked 22nd, and Big Ten champion Wisconsin, who was unranked. NIU lost to Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
Football rivalries involving MAC teams include:
|Teams||Rivalry name||Trophy||Meetings||Record||Series leader||Current streak|
|Akron||Kent State||–||Wagon Wheel||63||35–26–2||Akron||Kent State won 2|
|Akron||Youngstown State||–||Steel Tire||35||19–14–2||Youngstown State||Youngstown State won 3|
|Ball State||Northern Illinois||–||Bronze Stalk Trophy||48||25–22–2||Northern Illinois||Northern Illinois won 1|
|Ball State||Indiana State||–||Blue Key Victory Bell||65||38–24–1||Ball State||Indiana State won 1|
|Bowling Green||Kent State||Battle for the Anniversary Award||Anniversary Award||89||60–23–6||Bowling Green||Kent State won 4|
|Bowling Green||Toledo||Battle of I-75||Battle of I-75 Trophy||85||41–40–4||Toledo||Toledo won 1|
|Central Michigan||Eastern Michigan||Central Michigan–Eastern Michigan Rivalry||–||98||62–30–6||Central Michigan||Central Michigan won 2|
|Central Michigan||Western Michigan||CMU–WMU Rivalry||Victory Cannon||93||51-40–2||Western Michigan||Central Michigan won 1|
|Miami||Cincinnati||Battle for the Bell||Victory Bell||125||59–59–7||Tie||Cincinnati won 15|
|Miami||Ohio||Battle of the Bricks||–||97||54-41-2||Miami||Ohio won 1|
|Ohio||Marshall||Battle for the Bell||The Bell||60||33–21–6||Ohio||Marshall won 1|
In addition, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan compete for the Michigan MAC Trophy, which is awarded to the team with the best head-to-head record each year. Since the inception of the trophy in 2005, Western Michigan has won 7 times, Central Michigan has won 5 times, and Eastern Michigan has won the trophy 4 times. Western Michigan has won the trophy the past three years (2018-2020) as well as 6 of the past 7 years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020).
In August 2010, Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that the Mid-American Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments would remain in Cleveland at the venue then known as Quicken Loans Arena and now as Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse through 2017. Both tournaments have flourished since moving to Cleveland in 2000, with the men's semi-finals and championship regularly drawing large crowds at Quicken Loans Arena. In 2007, the MAC also announced a format change for both tournaments, bringing all twelve men's and women's teams to Cleveland. The MAC also co-hosted the 2007 Women's Final Four at Quicken Loans Arena after successfully hosting the 2006 NCAA Women's Basketball Regional at the same facility.
On May 12, 2020, Steinbrecher announced a suite of major changes to the conference's competitive format across multiple sports in response to fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific to men's and women's basketball, the following changes took effect in 2020–21 and will continue through at least 2023–24:
Main article: List of Mid-American Conference champions
The following are the most recent conference champions of each MAC sport. Champions from the previous academic year are indicated in italics.
In sports in which regular-season and tournament champions are recognized, "RS" indicates regular-season champion and "T" indicates tournament champion. Note that several sports that normally hold tournaments did not do so in 2020–21.
|School||Football stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Baseball stadium||Capacity|
|Akron||InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field||30,000||James A. Rhodes Arena||5,500||Lee R. Jackson Field||1,500|
|Ball State||Scheumann Stadium||22,500||John E. Worthen Arena||11,500||Ball Diamond||1,700|
|Bowling Green||Doyt Perry Stadium||24,000||Stroh Center||4,700||Warren E. Steller Field||2,500|
|Buffalo||University at Buffalo Stadium||25,013||Alumni Arena||6,100||Non-baseball school|
|Central Michigan||Kelly/Shorts Stadium||30,255||McGuirk Arena||5,300||Bill Theunissen Stadium||2,046|
|Eastern Michigan||Rynearson Stadium||30,200||George Gervin GameAbove Center||8,800||Oestrike Stadium||1,313|
|Kent State||Dix Stadium||25,319||Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center||6,327||Schoonover Stadium||1,130|
|Miami||Yager Stadium||24,286||Millett Hall||6,400||Stanley G. McKie Field at Joseph P. Hayden Jr. Park||1,000|
|Northern Illinois||Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium||23,595||Convocation Center||10,000||Ralph McKinzie Field||1,500|
|Ohio||Peden Stadium||24,000||Convocation Center||13,080||Bob Wren Stadium||4,000|
|Toledo||Glass Bowl||26,248||Savage Arena||7,300||Scott Park Baseball Complex||1,000|
|Western Michigan||Waldo Stadium||30,200||University Arena||5,421||Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Judson Hyames Field||1,500|
The Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame was the first Division I conference Hall of Fame. It was established in 1987 and classes have been inducted in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2012 and 2013.
In order to be eligible, a person must have participated during the time the university was in the MAC and five years must have passed from the time the individual participated in athletics or worked in the athletic department.
The following is a list of the members of the MAC Hall of Fame, along with school affiliation, sport(s) for which they were inducted, and year of induction.
A number of MAC sports, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and volleyball, are telecast on Spectrum Sports (Ohio), replacing SportsTime Ohio and Fox Sports Ohio as the MAC TV partner. Along with Spectrum Sports, ESPN, as well as the American Sports Network, retain the "local and regional" syndication telecast rights to the MAC for football and basketball.
In 2000 ESPN began broadcasting MAC football games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The conference agreed to the unusual schedule to increase television ratings by not competing against other football. Fans nicknamed the midweek games MACtion. In 2014 the conference and ESPN agreed to a new contract for 13 years. Each school receives more than $800,000 annually, and plays most November games on weekday nights; 16 of 18 games in 2016 were not on Saturdays, for example. While MACtion decreases stadium attendance, games appear on an ESPN channel to a nationwide audience instead of a less-popular channel or streaming media.
Ball State produces its own comprehensive television package with Ball State Sports Link. Affiliate stations include WIPB in Muncie, WNDY in Indianapolis, WPTA in Fort Wayne, WHME in South Bend, WTVW in Evansville, WYIN in Merrillville and Comcast in Michigan. All Ball State Sports Link games are also broadcast on student radio station WCRD and on the Ball State Radio Network produced by WLBC-FM and Backyard Broadcasting.
NIU has multiple football and basketball games telecast by Comcast SportsNet Chicago. In addition, most NIU football and basketball games can be heard on WSCR-AM 670 "The Score" - Chicago's powerful 50,000-watt top-rated all-sports station, which reaches 38 states and Canada.
MAC Properties (a division of ISP Sports) is the sponsorship arm of the Mid-American Conference, and handles all forms of sponsorship and advertising for the MAC which includes managing and growing its stable of official corporate partners. As of 2010, the MAC has five official corporate partners: FirstEnergy, Marathon, PNC Bank, AutoTrader.com and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. There are approximately 20 other companies engaged as sponsors of the conference at the non-official level. MAC Properties also assists with the management of the conference's television and radio contracts, including those with ESPN Regional, FOX Sports Ohio and ESPN 850 WKNR among others.
Hustle Belt (a subsidiary of SB Nation) is a blog dedicated to MAC sports, with recaps, previews, interviews and more. Founded in 2010, the blog continues to churn out quality MAC content and as of 2019, started a weekly podcast called “The MAC Bandwagon Podcast”.
The College Sports Connection Podcast founded in 2019, have a dedicated following covering all MAC Sports as well as interviews with coaches from a variety of sports in the conference. They also attend MAC sporting events & media events and share their experiences on their weekly show.
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The most recent renovation transformed the stadium into a major community asset, while increased its capacity to 22,500 and added permanent lighting for night games.