C-USA Announces Preliminary 2014 Football Television Schedule
May 29, 2014
Conference USA has announced its preliminary television schedule for the 2014 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 1, Fox Sports Net (FSN), FOX College Sports, CBS Sports Network, ESPN and NBC. 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 2014 football season marks the fourth year of a multi-platform media rights agreement between Conference USA and FOX Sports to broadcast a minimum of 30 games. Games appear on FOX Sports 1, FOX's new national cable sports network, as well as FOX Sports Networks owned and affiliated regional networks, which reach more than 85 million homes, and FOX College Sports.
This season marks the 10th 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 have a significant number of our football games on television and distributed to C-USA fans throughout the country," said Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky. "We are looking forward to an exciting conference season that our fans will be able to watch play out throughout the fall."
The FOX Sports 1 schedule kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 4, when Arizona visits UTSA. Two days later, Metroplex rivals SMU and North Texas square off in Denton, Texas in the opening game of the league's FSN schedule. The slate of games on FOX College Sports begins on Saturday, August 30 when in-state rivals Troy and UAB meet in Birmingham. The entire schedule currently features 31 games on the three networks.
CBS Sports Network is currently scheduled to carry nine Conference USA football games nationally during the 2014 season. Live game coverage kicks off on Friday, Aug. 29 with Bowling Green visiting WKU in the Hilltoppers first game as a member of C-USA. A pair of Thursday night conference matchups (Louisiana Tech at North Texas on Sept. 11 and Southern Miss at UTSA on Nov. 13) also highlight the slate.
The 2014 C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 6 is scheduled to air on either ESPN or ESPN 2. It marks the 10th 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.
Any games not selected for television will be streamed online via the C-USA Digital Network.
2014 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE
CBS SPORTS NETWORK SCHEDULE Friday, August 29 Bowling Green at WKU 8:00 p.m. EDT/7:00 p.m. CDT Thursday, September 11 Louisiana Tech at North Texas 8:00 p.m. EDT/7:00 p.m. CDT Saturday, September 13 Ohio at Marshall 12:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. CDT Saturday, September 27 WKU at Navy 3:30 p.m. EDT/2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, October 11 Rice at Army 12:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. CDT Saturday, November 1 BYU at Middle Tennessee 3:30 p.m. EDT/2:30 p.m. CDT Thursday, November 13 Southern Miss at UTSA 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST Saturday, November 15 Army at WKU 12:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. CST Saturday, November 29 Rice at Louisiana Tech 12:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. CST