Aug. 12, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League will have four contests broadcast on American Sports Network for fall sports, including a pair of football games and one each in both men and women's soccer.
Both of the football contests will be shown in September. Fordham heads to Villanova on Sept. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in a matchup of teams in the top 15 of FCS preseason polls, while Georgetown visits Colgate on Sept. 27 at Noon to open the Patriot League schedule. In addition, the Lehigh at New Hampshire contest on Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. has already been picked up as an ASN telecast through a package announced by the Colonial Athletic Association.
The soccer contests each feature late-season matchups in the Patriot League race. Colgate is at Boston University on the women's side on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., with Army and Navy squaring off to close out the men's regular season on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. from PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
American Sports Network ("ASN"), a collegiate sports initiative to be broadcast on a number of Sinclair Broadcast Group's television stations, launched last month and has entered into comprehensive sports rights agreements with a number of NCAA Division I conferences including the Patriot League. These local, live, exclusive games will be broadcast in different regions of the country. Sinclair's broadcast stations will either be carrying the games and original content as part of the primary program line-up (generally on the Company's CW and MyNet affiliates) or as part of second channels (sub-channels of the primary station's signal), complimented by access and distribution on digital platforms.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies with affiliations with all the major networks. Sinclair's television group will reach approximately 38.9% of U.S. television households, including pending transactions.
The Patriot League will have additional games broadcast on ASN in both the winter and spring seasons in 2014-15. In addition to Sinclair, the Patriot League has a national television partnership with CBS Sports Network. Patriot League institutions are in four of the top eight media markets, and five of the Top 28. Additionally, the Patriot League Network, powered by Campus Insiders, offers more than 800 live events during the 2014-15 academic year, in addition to hundreds of pre-produced stories and promotional pieces.
The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League's athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.