Big South announces 2016 football TV schedule

football600The Big South Conference announced its 2016 football broadcast schedule this week, and this year’s slate again features 11 games exclusively on ESPN3 and ASN.  The 11 telecasts are among 26 total events involving Big South football members that will air every week of the 2016 campaign.  New this year is exclusive Big South Network telecasts as part of the conference’s new broadcast tier strategy.

ESPN3 will exclusively deliver eight games this year.  The slate also features a “Wildcard” selection for the second consecutive season.  The American Sports Network (ASN) will televise the three remaining contests.

The Big South’s exclusive ESPN3 “Game of the Week” begins Sept. 24 with Monmouth hosting preseason favorite Charleston Southern at 1:00pm in West Long Branch, N.J. — the first conference game ever to be played in the month of September.  The schedule resumes two weeks later on Oct. 8 as Presbyterian visits Gardner-Webb, and will continue each week through the conclusion of the regular-season on Nov. 19, which will be a “Wildcard” selection determined 14-21 days in advance.

Meanwhile, ASN’s three-game package features all noon kickoffs starting with the Oct. 22 Kennesaw State at Gardner-Webb game, followed by the Nov. 5 Gardner-Webb at Charleston Southern contest and the Nov. 12 Presbyterian at Kennesaw State match-up.  Game times for the Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 games have been changed to accommodate each broadcast.

As part of the conference’s new broadcast tier plan, three games will be carried exclusively on the Big South Network.  Meanwhile, the Big South will appear on an ESPN linear network again this year as Charleston Southern faces North Dakota State in the FCS season-opening game on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7:30pm on ESPN.  In addition, Big South members will also appear on ESPN3 outside of the conference’s television package.  All home games not exclusive to ESPN3, ASN or the Big South Network will be shown as part of a new Big South Network “shared” option, in which Big South Network broadcasts can be simulcast via other outlets.  The full broadcast list is below, and any additional televised games will be announced at a later date.

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually.  It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through WatchESPN.  The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

ASN parent Sinclair Broadcasting Group will distribute its football productions to its stations solely located in the Conference’s footprint of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as New Jersey and Georgia.  Sinclair’s broadcast stations will either carry the games and any original content as part of the primary program lineup (generally on the Company’s CW and MyNet affiliates) or as part of second channels (sub-channels of the primary station’s signal).

 

2016 Big South Conference Football TV Broadcast Schedule

Aug. 27          Charleston Southern at North Dakota State      7:30pm      ESPN

Sept. 1            Presbyterian at Central Michigan                        7:00pm      ESPN3

Sept. 3            Liberty at Virginia Tech                                       12:30pm      ACC RSN/WatchESPN

East Tennessee State at Kennesaw State           7:00pm      Peachtree TV

Sept. 10         Charleston Southern at Florida State                12:30pm      RSN

Point at Kennesaw State                                        7:00pm      Peachtree TV

Jacksonville at Liberty                                           7:00pm      LFSN

Sept. 17         Monmouth at Kent State                                      3:30pm      ESPN3

Liberty at SMU                                                        7:00pm      ESPN3

Sept. 24         Charleston Southern at Monmouth *                 1:00pm      ESPN3

Jacksonville State at Liberty                                 7:00pm      LFSN

Oct. 1             Fordham at Monmouth                                         1:00pm      ESPN3

Robert Morris at Liberty                                        7:00pm      LFSN

Oct. 8             Missouri S&T at Kennesaw State                        1:00pm      Peachtree TV

Presbyterian at Gardner-Webb *                          6:00pm      ESPN3

Oct. 13           Monmouth at Presbyterian *                                7:00pm      Big South Network Exclusive

Oct. 15           Liberty at Kennesaw State *                                 7:00pm      ESPN3

Oct. 22           Kennesaw State at Gardner-Webb *                 12:00pm      ASN

Monmouth at Liberty *                                         3:30pm      LFSN

Presbyterian at Charleston Southern *               6:00pm      ESPN3

Oct. 29           Kennesaw State at Monmouth *                         1:00pm      ESPN3

Gardner-Webb at Liberty *                                   3:30pm      Big South Network Exclusive

Nov. 5            Gardner-Webb at Charleston Southern *         12:00pm      ASN

Clark-Atlanta at Kennesaw State                        1:00pm      Peachtree TV

Liberty at Presbyterian *                                       2:00pm      ESPN3

Nov. 12          Presbyterian at Kennesaw State *                     12:00pm      ASN

Charleston Southern at Liberty *                         3:30pm      ESPN3

Nov. 19          Wild Card                                                                       TBD      ESPN3

Wild Card                                                                       TBD      Big South Network Exclusive