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Big East Announces 2007 Football Television Schedule

National schedule starts Friday, Aug. 31, when Syracuse hosts Washington on ESPN

From Big East
July 17, 2007

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference will be among the nation's most televised conferences in 2007. The BIG EAST has agreements with ABC, ESPN and ESPN Regional Television that will once again give the conference extensive television exposure. In addition to games on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, a number of contests will also be on ESPNU, ESPN Classic and ESPN360, ESPN's online broadband network. The BIG EAST and ESPN have already agreed on a new six-year contract that will further enhance the league's exposure. The new football agreement will begin with the 2008 regular season and run through 2013.

Currently, ESPN reaches 94 million households across the nation, with ESPN2 close behind, reaching over 93 million households.

Of the 73 games played last past season involving BIG EAST teams, 29 of them were seen on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. In addition, 37 others were seen on ESPN Regional, ESPNU, ESPN360, FSN, CSTV or the NFL Network. In fact, every conference game during the 2006 season was televised.

ESPN Regional Television's BIG EAST Game of the Week package remains the largest regional college football network in the nation. The ERT BIG EAST Game of the Week reaches approximately 45 million homes across the United States (40 percent of the national television households). Currently, the BIG EAST Game of the Week has television affiliates available in at least 26 different states. In addition, nearly all games broadcast by ERT are offered as part of the ESPN GamePlan pay subscription service. ESPN Regional Television is the largest syndicator of college sports programming in the United States.

ESPNU, which was launched in 2005, features extensive studio programming and live coverage of games. ESPNU has secured distribution agreements with Charter, Cox, DIRECTV (Channel 609), Echostar's DISH Network (Channel 148), Insight Communications, Mediacom, Time Warner, and Verizon, along with many smaller affiliates, and is close to distribution agreements with others. By the start of the college football season, ESPNU will reach 20 million households. ESPN Classic, which continues to increase its live game coverage of collegiate sports, is available to 65 million households.

This season, the BIG EAST already has an impressive number of games on its television slate. To date, 17 games are currently scheduled on ESPN or ESPN2. In addition, two games will be on ESPNU, two will be on ESPN360 and one is on ESPN Classic.

The national schedule starts on Friday, Aug. 31, when Syracuse hosts Washington on ESPN (8:00 p.m.). The next week, five games are slated for national television beginning on Thursday, Sept. 6, when Louisville hosts Middle Tennessee State on ESPN2 (7:00 p.m.) and Cincinnati hosts Oregon State on ESPN (7:30 p.m.). On Friday, Sept. 7, Rutgers hosts Navy on ESPN (7:30 p.m.). One day later - Saturday, Sept. 8 - the BIG EAST will have two games on ESPN2 with West Virginia playing at Marshall (11:00 a.m.) and USF traveling to Auburn (9:00 p.m.).

The first nationally televised conference game will take place on Friday, Sept. 28, when USF hosts West Virginia on ESPN2 (8:00 p.m.). The league will have six Thursday night contests this season on ESPN or ESPN2, including Thursday, Nov. 8 when Louisville plays at West Virginia on ESPN (7:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Nov. 29 when the Cardinals host Rutgers on ESPN (7:30 p.m.). In addition, "The Backyard Brawl" between Pittsburgh and West Virginia will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 on either ESPN or ESPN2.

THE NATIONAL SCHEDULE
The BIG EAST will have an extensive schedule of games on national television. The following telecasts were known at press time. Other games for all networks will be added via the 12-day and 6-day advance selection process.

ABC
Games to be determined via 12-day and 6-day advance selection process.

ESPN

Fri., Aug. 31 Washington at Syracuse 8:00 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 6 Oregon State at Cincinnati 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 7 Navy at Rutgers 7:00 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 13 West Virginia at Maryland 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 15 Pittsburgh at Michigan State Noon
Fri., Oct. 5 Utah at Louisville 8:00 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 10 Navy at Pittsburgh 8:00 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 18 USF at RUTGERS 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 19 LOUISVILLE at CONNECTICUT 8:00 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 8 LOUISVILLE at WEST VIRGINIA 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 29 RUTGERS at LOUISVILLE 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 1 PITTSBURGH at WEST VIRGINIA (or ESPN2) TBD

ESPN2
Thurs., Sept. 6 Middle Tennessee State at Louisville 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 8 West Virginia at Marshall 11:00 a.m.
Sat., Sept. 8 USF at Auburn 9:00 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 28 WEST VIRGINIA at USF 8:00 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 9 Rutgers at Army 8:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 1 PITTSBURGH at WEST VIRGINIA (or ESPN) TBD

ESPNU
Thurs., Aug. 30 Murray State at Louisville 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 15 Illinois at Syracuse Noon

ESPN CLASSIC
Sat., Sept. 15 Louisville at Kentucky 7:30 p.m.

ESPN 360
Thurs., Aug. 30 SE Missouri State at Cincinnati 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 8 Grambling at Pittsburgh Noon

All times Eastern and subject to change.
BIG EAST Games in CAPS.
Check the BIG EAST Conference web site at www.bigeast.org to obtain the latest TV schedules and selections during the 2007 season.

ESPN REGIONAL/BIG EAST GAME OF THE WEEK
Numerous BIG EAST contests will be broadcast by ESPN Regional Television as part of its BIG EAST Game of the Week package. The following dates and games were scheduled at press time. Other games for all networks will be added via the 12-day and 6-day advance selection process.

Sept. 22 SYRACUSE at LOUISVILLE or
North Carolina at USF
Sept. 29 Akron at Connecticut
Oct. 6 CINCINNATI at RUTGERS or
WEST VIRGINIA at SYRACUSE
Oct. 13 RUTGERS at SYRACUSE or
LOUISVILLE at CINCINNATI
Oct. 20 TBD
Oct. 27 TBD
Nov. 3 TBD
Nov. 10 CONNECTICUT at CINCINNATI or
USF at SYRACUSE
Nov. 17 TBD
Nov. 24 TBD

BIG EAST Games in CAPS.

BIG EAST STATION LINEUP
Visit www.bigeast.org for the latest station lineup for the ESPN Regional/BIG EAST Game of the Week. The syndication network clearance report is listed by DMA Market. Additional Channels may be added throughout the season (Stations may not carry all games every week - check local listings or the BIG EAST web site for schedule).



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