GSC-TV Signs Exclusive Agreement With ESPN
By Florida Tech // August 9, 2014
first TV SPOT will be Oct. 2 AGAINST Delta State
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The Gulf South Conference’s television package has a new home for 2014 after the league officially announced an exclusive agreement with ESPN to broadcast its GSC-TV content.
The agreement marks the fourth consecutive year that the GSC and ESPN have collaborated to bring GSC-TV to fans around the globe, but this year the parties signed their first-ever exclusive agreement.
ESPN3 and live access on WatchESPN will host every contest with no blackout restrictions.
Leading the way will be the 10th edition of the GSC-TV Football Game of the Week package. The Conference is set to deliver 11 games for 2014 with all contests available live on ESPN3.
The agreement also includes live coverage of the 2015 GSC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Title Games which are scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at the Hanna Center on the campus of Samford University.
“GSC-TV has been a ground-breaking project since its inception,” stated GSC Commissioner Matt Wilson.
“By reaching an exclusive distribution agreement with ESPN on its ESPN3 and WatchESPN platforms, the Gulf South Conference continues to be a leader in NCAA Division II. We appreciate the opportunity and look forward to working closely with the ESPN team as we bring you the first season of GSC-TV on ESPN.”
This year’s GSC-TV football slate includes six Saturday games and five Thursday telecasts and also marks the first time that the package features all league contests since 2010.
Defending GSC Co-Champions North Alabama and West Alabama lead the way with four total appearances. Delta State and Valdosta State will be featured three times, while Florida Tech, Shorter, West Georgia and future member Mississippi College follow with two appearances.
FIT’s first appearance will be at home on Thursday, Oct. 2. Delta State will travel to Palm Bay High School for the first time with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. The Panthers’ game on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at West Georgia will also be broadcasted.
The Panthers appeared on TV twice in their inaugural season last fall. They hosted West Alabama in their first-ever Gulf South Conference game on CBS Sports Network and then played West Georgia on Halloween as part of the GSC-TV package.
Play-by-play commentator Don Russell and color commentator Rick Rhodes will continue to lead the broadcasts from the booth, while Gulf Coast Mobile, L.L.C. will produce the package for the third year in a row.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku,Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
The network is currently available to more than 92 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or 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, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
2014 GSC-TV FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK SCHEDULE
|Sept. 13||Sat.||North Alabama at Mississippi College||TBA|
|Sept. 20||Sat.||Delta State at Valdosta State||7 p.m. ET|
|Sept. 27||Sat.||Valdosta State at North Alabama||7 p.m. ET|
||Delta State at Florida Tech
||7 p.m. ET
|Oct. 9||Thurs.||Shorter at Delta State||7 p.m. ET|
|Oct. 16||Thurs.||West Alabama at Shorter||7 p.m. ET|
|Oct. 25||Sat.||West Georgia at North Alabama||7 p.m. ET|
|Oct. 30||Thurs.||Valdosta State at West Alabama||7 p.m. ET|
||Florida Tech at West Georgia
||2 p.m. ET
|West Alabama at Mississippi College||4 p.m. ET|
|Nov. 13||Thurs.||North Alabama at West Alabama||7 p.m. ET|
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