COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Football fans around the world will be able to look into Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium to watch as the Golden Eagles host Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee State on Saturday, Sept. 21. The TTU/TSU game has been selected as one of the featured contests in a nine-game football “Game of the Week” package that will be carried exclusively on ESPN3 this fall.
The Ohio Valley Conference announced details Monday of the league's agreement with ESPN.
The nine-game schedule will feature each of the nine OVC football-playing institutions at least once during the season and includes eight Conference matchups and one non-conference game. The schedule begins with that non-conference game when Bethune-Cookman visits Tennessee State for the John Merritt Classic on Sunday, Sept. 1.
The Conference games in the package include Tennessee State at Tennessee Tech (Sept. 21), Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois (Sept. 28), Jacksonville State at UT Martin (Oct. 5), Austin Peay at Murray State (Oct. 19), Eastern Kentucky at Southeast Missouri (Oct. 26), Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky (Nov. 2), Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois (Nov. 16) and Eastern Illinois at UT Martin (Nov. 23).
The games will be produced by WebStream Sports, an Indianapolis-based company which is a proven leader in video production, streaming video and content creation. The company, founded in 2006, produces more than 1,000 events annually and has also served as a web streaming consultant for the OVC for the past year. The OVC and WebStream have agreed to a three-year production agreement that will feature at least eight football games over each of the next three years.
Kevin Ingram from "The Wake Up Zone” on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville will handle play-by-play duties, while Bob Belvin, Sports Director for 100.7 FM/AM 540 (ESPN Clarksville), will provide analysis. The duo worked together last year in the league’s TV package.
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destination that delivers thousands of global sports events
annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smart phones
and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to
Gold members and on Apple TV. It is currently available in
more than 85 million homes 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 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.
Including the appearance on ESPN3, every Golden Eagle game can be seen on in 2013 either on television or webstream, including The Big Ten Network, WCTE TV, and the OVC Digital Network.
2013 OVC Football TV Game of the Week on
Sept. 1 -- Bethune-Cookman at Tennessee State, 7:00 p.m. CT
Sept. 21 -- Tennessee State at Tennessee Tech, 7:00 p.m. CT
Sept. 28 -- Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois, 1:30 p.m. CT
Oct. 5 -- Jacksonville State at UT Martin, 2:00 p.m. CT
Oct. 19 -- Austin Peay at Murray State, 3:00 p.m. CT
Oct. 26 -- Eastern Kentucky at Southeast Missouri, 1:00 p.m. CT
Nov. 2 -- Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky, 12:00 p.m. CT
Nov. 16 -- Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois, 12:00 p.m. CT
Nov. 23 -- Eastern Illinois at UT Martin, 1:00 p.m. CT