C-USA Announces Preliminary 2013 Football TV schedule
May 7, 2013
Conference USA has announced its preliminary television schedule for the 2013 football season. The current confirmed schedule features more than 50 games to air nationally or regionally, with additional games to be added prior to beginning of the season. National games will be televised on Fox Sports, CBS Sports Network and ESPN. Included are several unopposed windows that provide tremendous exposure to C-USA, as well as numerous exciting league match-ups, and many challenging non-conference contests.
The 2013 football season marks the third year of a multi-platform media rights agreement between Conference USA and FOX Sports Media Group broadcasting a minimum of 20 games. This season, FOX Sports 1, FOX's new national sports cable network launching this August, is scheduled to televise a minimum of 10 regular-season Conference USA football games. Additional games will again be carried nationally on FOX Sports Networks owned-and-affiliated regional networks, which reach more than 85 million homes and FOX College Sports.
This season marks the ninth year of C-USA's partnership with CBS Sports Network that includes significant national and regional exposure for football, men's and women's basketball and other C-USA sports. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports and is available to more than 99 million households across the country.
"We are very pleased to once again have a significant number of our football games on television and distributed to fans throughout the country," said Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky. "As we welcome our new members that join our current outstanding group of schools, we are looking forward to an exciting conference season that our fans will be able to watch throughout the fall."
The FSN schedule kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 5, when new C-USA member Florida Atlantic visits East Carolina. Two days later, Oklahoma State visits UTSA for the Roadrunners home opener at the Alamodome. The entire schedule currently features 20 games on FSN.
CBS Sports Network will carry a minimum of 13 C-USA football games nationally during the 2013 season, including eight conference match-ups. Live game coverage kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 31 with Miami (Ohio) visiting Marshall. A Sept. 7 doubleheader will feature FIU's first home game as a member of C-USA against UCF at Noon EDT and Colorado State at defending conference champion Tulsa at 6 p.m. CDT.
As part of the league's agreement with CBS Sports Network, 10 games will be broadcast regionally on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS). All 10 of those games will be league matchups.
The 2013 C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7 is scheduled to air on either ESPN or ESPN 2. It marks the ninth straight year that the C-USA Championship will air on the ESPN Family of Networks.
Additional Conference USA football television exposures remain a possibility (including games that are guaranteed to be televised as part of other conference's television packages), and games will be released as soon as they are finalized.
2013 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE
CBS SPORTS NETWORK SCHEDULE
FOX SPORTS SCHEDULE
ESPN or ESPN 2 SCHEDULE
ESPN U SCHEDULE
COMCAST SPORTS SOUTHEAST (CSS) REGIONAL SCHEDULE
CST REGIONAL SCHEDULE (LOUISIANA)
TIME-WARNER TEXAS REGIONAL SCHEDULE (TEXAS)
BIG TEN NETWORK SCHEDULE