June 30, 2008
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, Public Relations 218 726-8830 cell 218 348-5688 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Nielson, Director, Department of Athletics 218 726-8718 cell 218 310-2082 email@example.com
UMD Football Game to be Featured on Live National CBS College Sports Network Broadcast
UMD football will be televised nationally on September 11 as part of the NCAA Division II and CBS College Sports Network's schedule of live national football broadcasts on the network this fall.
The 8 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) game will set the UMD Bulldogs against Southwest Minnesota State at Malosky Stadium on the UMD campus.
UMD Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Bob Nielson said, "This is a great opportunity to highlight not only our UMD football program, but to showcase the entire university--and the Duluth community as well."
Nielson went on to explain that the September 11 opening game will also showcase a newly renovated Malosky Stadium to a national television audience.
NCAA Division II and CBS College Sports Network have announced an expanded schedule of their live national football broadcasts on the network this fall. The Division II-CBS College Sports Network partnership featured three games in 2006, four games in 2007 and has increased to six games for the upcoming 2008 season.
The six games are (all times Eastern):
- Saturday, August 23 – Fort Valley State at Valdosta State, 8 p.m.
- Thursday, September 4 – North Alabama at Carson-Newman, 8 p.m.
- Thursday, September 11 – Southwest Minnesota State at Minnesota Duluth, 8 p.m.
- Thursday, September 18 – Michigan Tech at Northern Michigan, 8 p.m.
- Thursday, October 16 – Western State at Mesa State, 8 p.m.
- Thursday, October 30 – Angelo State at Tarleton State, 8 p.m.
"We've received tremendous feedback on the success of these televised games from member institutions," said Division II Vice President Mike Racy. "The schools obviously love the exposure for their teams, but there's also a collective benefit because our programming emphasizes so much about Division II from a broader perspective. We're excited that CBS College Sports Network has agreed to increase that exposure."
"Our partnership has been a huge success and we're proud to showcase even more exciting Division II games this season," said Tim Pernetti, Executive Vice President, Content, CBS College Sports Network. "In addition to the on-field action, we're able to tell the stories of these exceptional student-athletes and the pageantry of Division II sports."
The broadcasts will also be syndicated through regional sports networks and made available via broadband at www.ncaa.com.