BALTIMORE, Md. (July 29, 2009) -- CAA Football, which captured its fourth National Championship in a decade last season, will feature the nation’s largest Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) television package in the upcoming 2009 season.
CAA Football Commissioner Tom Yeager announced a 23-game television schedule as part of the league’s Media Day Celebration, Wednesday at the ESPNZone in Baltimore, Md. The schedule is highlighted by a conference-only package of 19 games airing on the Comcast Sports Group family of networks.
“We are proud to again have the largest FCS television package in the country,” Yeager said. “Thanks to our partnerships with Comcast Sports Group, ESPN and a number of other carriers we are able to create a television package which showcases the best FCS conference in the country.”
The 19-game conference-only package covered by Comcast Sports Group features the most competitive games airing on regional networks spanning the East Coast. Comcast SportsNet networks including Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Comcast SportsNet New England will cover eight games throughout the 12-week season, with additional distribution possible on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and CSS, schedule permitting. The Comcast Network will air the remaining 11 match-ups throughout its footprint.
Comcast Sports Group Senior Vice President of Sports Content Mike Sheehey said, “Comcast Sports Group is including these schools in our networks’ extensive college football lineup because CAA Football provides some of the most exciting college sports action in the markets we serve.”
All of the CAA games airing on Comcast SportsNet will be available to Comcast Digital Cable customers ON DEMAND at no charge for up to one week following the broadcast. Additionally, Comcast SportsNet plans to re-air games throughout the season for those fans not able to watch the live broadcasts.
“Our long-standing broadcast partnership with Comcast Sports Group has afforded us great television exposure each of the last two seasons,” Yeager said. “These Comcast networks reach more than 20 million homes in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, which means our league’s most passionate fans can count on watching CAA Football broadcasts every Saturday throughout the season.”
In addition to live game coverage on Comcast SportsNet and The Comcast Network, fans will receive the latest CAA Football news and developments on the networks’ original sports news, opinion and analysis programming throughout the season, including updates from the CAA Football Media Day Wednesday, July 29 on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s nightly sports news program SportsNite at 10 p.m.
The remaining four games on the 2009 CAA Football Television package will include two non-conference games on ESPN360.com, one on the Big Ten Network and one on CBS College Sports Television.
In 2008 CAA Football placed five teams in the NCAA Division I Football Championships, and the Richmond Spiders came away with the league’s fourth National title in 10 seasons. The 2009 season looks to be just as competitive with preseason rankings and polls showing as many as four league squads among the country’s Top-10.
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2009 CAA Football Composite TV Schedule
|Saturday, September 5|
|Towson at Northwestern [B10]||12:00 p.m.|
|Northeastern at Boston College [E360]||2:00 p.m.|
|William and Mary at Virginia [E360]||6:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 12|
|*Richmond at Delaware [TCN/CSN-NE]||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 19|
|*Rhode Island at Massachusetts [CSN-MA/CSN-NE]||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 26|
|*Northeastern at Villanova [TCN/CSN-NE]||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 3|
|*New Hampshire at Towson [CSN-MA/CSN-NE]||3:30 p.m.|
|*William and Mary at Villanova [TCN/CSN-NE]||7:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 10|
|*Richmond at James Madison [CSN-MA/CSN-NE]||12:00 p.m.|
|*Maine at Hofstra [TCN/CSN-NE, tape-delay -- TBD]||1:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 17|
|*Richmond at Maine [CSN-MA/CSN-NE]||12:00 p.m.|
|*Villanova at James Madison [TCN]||3:30 p.m.|
|*New Hampshire at Massachusetts [CSN-NE]||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 24|
|*James Madison at William and Mary [CSN-MA/CSN-NE]||12:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, October 31|
|*James Madison at Delaware [TCN/CSN-NE]||12:00 p.m.|
|*Massachusetts at Maine [CSN-MA/CSN-NE]||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, November 7|
|*Rhode Island at New Hampshire [TCN/CSN-NE]||12:00 p.m.|
|*Villanova at Richmond [CSN-MA/CSN-NE]||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, November 14|
|*James Madison at Massachusetts [TCN/CSN-NE]||12:00 p.m.|
|Delaware at Navy [CBSCS]||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, November 21|
|*Maine at New Hampshire [CSN-MA/CSN-NE]||12:00 p.m.|
|*William and Mary at Richmond [TCN]||12:00 p.m.|
|*Delaware at Villanova [TCN/CSN-NE]||3:30 p.m.|
B10 - Big Ten Network
CBSCS - CBS College Sports Network
CSN-MA - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
CSN-NE - Comcast SportsNet New England
E360 - ESPN360.com
TCN - The Comcast Network Mid-Atlantic and Philadelphia (formerly CN8)
* - CAA Football Game | Game times as of July 27, 2009 | All Time Eastern | Schedule Dates, Times and Broadcasts subject to change