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Monday, March 05, 2007

More NEC games/football/hoops/other sports coming to TV

This from the NEC web site today

March 5, 2007

Northeast Conference and America Channel Enter Into Sports Broadcast and Content Cooperation AgreementAgreement Includes Extensive Coverage From All Major Sports

The America Channel and the Northeast Conference announced today that they have entered into a comprehensive video sports broadcast and content cooperation agreement.

The new partnership includes extensive television coverage of NEC men's and women's basketball, and football.

The partnership also includes broadcasts of conference championships in men's and women's soccer, volleyball, field hockey, men's and women's tennis, lacrosse, baseball and softball.All NEC member institutions will be represented in The America Channel's broadcasts.

I just to talked to NEC Assoc Commissioner Ron Ratner about this: The Am. Channel will debut this summer. It will initially be available in NJ on Verizon Cable....and the NEC is hoping Cablevision and others eventually pick it up.

Exactly what games, etc., not yet set as this is just taking off. Also, plans are to streamline some events carried by Am. Channel via the NEC web site...

There are really no more specifics at this time..but Am. Channel has hooked up similar deals with the Ivy League, CAA, Sun Belt and overall some 14 NCAA conferences...

Here is more from the Am. Channel web site...

The America Channel announced today that it has entered into
multi-year, comprehensive video broadcast agreements with a number of distinguished NCAA Division I
conferences including Big South Conference, Southern Conference, Big West Conference, Colonial
Athletic Association, Big Sky Conference, America East Conference, Patriot League, and Atlantic Sun

Under these agreements, The America Channel has secured video broadcast rights to more than 200
games and matches per year, including basketball, football, and Conference championships of men’s and
women’s soccer, volleyball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, track and field, lacrosse, field hockey
and other sports. The agreements include games involving over 80 Universities in about 50 markets,
including most of the top 20 television markets.

The NEC was added today....

From me: This should go some towards helping the NEC visibility and recruiting wise ...


Blogger JMG1MON said...

Great job by the NEC commish. Of course, at the present time, noone will be able to watch it. And with Cablevision strongarming everyone, I highly doubt they pick it up any time soon.

11:40 PM, March 05, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

The Verizon service is already in many Monmouth County towns and will be in Ocean County at some point this summer and or fall according to a Press story last week ...

and with NEC events streamlined on its web site, cable may not be required....

This is a good start certainly to more wide spread NEC coverage.

12:02 AM, March 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tony, any word as to whether Comcast would be picking up the service? Since I'm more in the Philly area, I wonder if they will pick it up since the CAA is also involved (Drexel & Delaware).

9:13 AM, March 06, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Don't know any more than I first posted. You should check with Comcast/ Cablevision/ etc. But this is the real deal. Just a matter of when..

10:21 AM, March 06, 2007  
Blogger Hook'em Hawks said...

Sounds like the 'deal' they had with CSTV back in the day to show various conference championship games... Still waiting for those events to be shown.

1:02 PM, March 07, 2007  

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