July 28, 2009

Pioneer Football Featured in 2009 NEC Television Package

July 28, 2009

Set to commence its 14th football season, the Northeast Conference (NEC) today announced plans to televise four games in 2009. For the second consecutive season, the Sacred Heart Pioneers will be featured as part of the NEC television package.

The first two games of the package will air live on MSG-Plus and Fox College Sports as perennial NEC contender Monmouth welcomes Duquesne at noon on September 19th, followed by Constitution State opponents Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut State meeting in New Britain at noon on October 3rd. FSN-Pittsburgh will also broadcast the Monmouth-Duquesne game on a one-day delay (September 20th) at 1:00 pm, while Cox Cable (CT/RI) will carry Sacred Heart-CCSU live.

Two weeks later, Robert Morris hosts Saint Francis (PA) in a western Pennsylvania battle on October 17th. Kickoff is at noon on FSN-Pittsburgh, Fox College Sports and WWCP Fox 8 (Altoona/Johnstown). In the finale on November 21st, two-time defending league champion Albany visits Wagner at 1:00 pm in a game to air on Fox College Sports and Time Warner Albany (TW3).

These games will reach over nearly 11 million households regionally in the Northeast, plus those satellite subscribers nationally with multi-sport packages. Fox College Sports, which is available on digital cable in approximately 54 million homes nationwide, will air all four contests.

The 2009 season marks the seventh straight that the NEC has aired football games as part of its extensive regional sports package. This coming winter, the league will air more than 20 men's and women's basketball games.

"We're very pleased to be able to expand our football coverage this season," said Ron Ratner, NEC Interim Commissioner. "This is an exciting time for NEC football with interest rising and automatic access to the FCS playoffs just one year away. Thanks to our television partners, this year's package includes a pair of rivalry games, and also opens and closes with traditional NEC powers Monmouth and Albany, respectively."

Paul Dottino enters his seventh season as the play-by-play voice of NEC football. He is also a member of the NEC basketball broadcast team and the New York Giants beat reporter for WFAN radio in New York and for Sirius' NFL Radio Channel. Longtime NEC basketball announcer Dave Popkin will provide color commentary. Eric Singer is the Producer of NEC football telecasts.

2009 Northeast Conference Football Television Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 19 - Duquesne at Monmouth, 12:00 pm, MSG-Plus, Fox College Sports, FSN-Pittsburgh (TD on 9/20 - 3:30 pm)

Saturday, Oct. 3 - Sacred Heart at Central Connecticut State, 12:00 pm, MSG-Plus, Fox College Sports, Cox Cable (CT/RI)

Saturday, Oct. 17 - Saint Francis (PA) at Robert Morris, 12:00 pm, FSN-Pittsburgh, Fox College Sports, Fox 8 (Altoona/Johnstown)

Saturday, Nov. 21 - Albany at Wagner, 1:00 pm, Fox College Sports, Time Warner Albany (TW3)