ST. LOUIS -- ESPN has reached an agreement with the Missouri Valley Football
Conference to air as many as five telecasts on ESPN3.com during the 2011 college
football season. The University of Northern Iowa's game at South Dakota State on Oct. 15 is one of the game that ESPN3.com has identified for a live broadcast from Brookings, S.D.
Missouri Valley Football Commissioner Patty Viverito states, "The availability of these games on ESPN3.com allows fans to watch live events across multiple screens, whether that's through Xbox LIVE on your TV screen, or while on the go on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. ESPN3.com is currently available in approximately 70 million homes and has established itself as a standalone network with mainstream appeal in a fast-paced digital media world."
"ESPN3.com continues to grow as a leading destination and a key distribution outlet for reaching the college sports fan," said Damon Phillips, Vice President, ESPN3.com. "We are looking forward to working with the Missouri Valley Football Conference to produce and distribute these exclusive games."
As part of the agreement, ESPN3.com will carry at least 3 exclusive college football games from the Missouri Valley Football Conference beginning this season. They include:
Date, Time (CT), Game
Oct. 8, 2:00 p.m., North Dakota State at Southern Illinois
Oct. 15, 6:00 p.m., Northern Iowa at South Dakota State
Oct. 22, 1:00 p.m., Indiana State at Illinois State
The ESPN selections include one appearance from each of the top six teams in the pre-season poll and will feature four of the league's five student-athletes targeted on the pre-season watch lists for the Walter Payton and Buck Buchanan awards. Two additional "wild-card" games (to air in November) will be announced by Oct. 10.
ESPN3.com is ESPN's live broadband sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually. It is currently available in approximately 70 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or cable TV video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks. It is also accessible to Xbox LIVE Gold members and via ESPNnetworks.com and the WatchESPN app through an affiliated provider.