FIT: Florida’s Space Coast Extends Partnership With the Gulf South Conference

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For the second year in a row, the Gulf South Conference (GSC) has secured a naming rights sponsor for GSC-TV, as Florida’s Space Coast has agreed to renew its exclusive sponsorship agreement. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE FLORIDA – For the second year in a row, the Gulf South Conference (GSC) has secured a naming rights sponsor for GSC-TV, as Florida’s Space Coast has agreed to renew its exclusive sponsorship agreement. 

This year’s “Florida’s Space Coast GSC-TV on ESPN” Football Game of the Week package features 10 regular-season contests and kicks off on Saturday, September 12 when North Alabama host Mississippi College at 6:00 pm (Central).

The agreement also includes the title sponsorship of the 2016 “ GSC Basketball Championships,” which return to the Pete Hanna Center at Samford University from March 4-5.

Florida Tech will play in three GSC-TV Games of the Week. First on Sept. 26 when the Panthers travel to Florence, Alabama for a 7 p.m. ET contest with North Alabama. The following Saturday, FIT will face Delta State in another game of the week, this time at 7 p.m. ET in Cleveland, Mississippi.

The Panthers will wrap up their game of the week schedule with the 1 p.m. ET Homecoming Game against West Georgia on Nov. 7 in Melbourne.

Eric Garvey
Eric Garvey

“We’re proud to continue our partnership with Florida Tech and the Gulf South Conference,” said Eric Garvey, Executive Director of Space Coast Office of Tourism.  “Through this sponsorship we are able to spotlight Florida Tech’s location in the heart of Florida’s Space Coast and encourage fans to come visit Cocoa Beach and the Melbourne Beaches, and even check out a live rocket launch!”

The Florida Tech athletics department played a key role in renewing the important agreement.

Bill Jurgens
Bill Jurgens

  “I’m glad to see for a second year Florida’s Space Coast and the Gulf South Conference have partnered to promote our area through an advertisement package,” Athletics Director Bill Jurgens said.

“The Space Coast is a tremendous location for tourism given its proximity to Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, Walt Disney World and the beaches. GSC fans will continue to see all the opportunities the Space Coast offers. I’d like to thank Florida’s Space Coast for recognizing the benefits of a partnership with the Gulf South Conference.”

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GSC Commissioner Matt Wilson expressed the importance of the renewed agreement to the success of GSC-TV.

Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson

“Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism has made a significant commitment to the Gulf South Conference, its member institutions and its student-athletes.”  said Wilson. 

“This partnership provides tremendous exposure for Orlando’s Closets Beaches, while significantly supporting the GSC’s ESPN broadcast package and basketball championships. We are thankful to Eric Garvey from Florida’s Space Coast on extending his relationship with the GSC and Bill Jurgens from Florida Tech for his collaboration to facilitate the partnership.”

Fans can watch all 10 of this year’s Florida’s Space Coast GSC-TV Football Games of the Week and the 2016 GSC Basketball Championships at or by using the WatchESPN mobile app.

About the GSC
The Gulf South Conference is a charter member of NCAA Division II dating back to its creation in the summer of 1970.  The league is currently composed of 11 active members and one affiliate member (Florida Tech, football).  Mississippi College is expected to gain active membership in 2016-17 and Spring Hill is on schedule to join as an affiliate member (m/w soccer, women’s golf) in 2017-18.

About Florida’s Space Coast
Located 35 miles (56 km) east of Orlando, Florida’s Space Coast is home to Orlando’s closest beaches. Encompassing Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, Palm Bay and Titusville, this family-friendly destination offers more than 10,000 guest rooms, and is an ideal, value getaway. Guests will discover 72 miles (110 km) of beaches, the longest stretch in the state and more than 250 square miles of wildlife refuge. It is home to one of the nation’s busiest cruise ports; is the nation’s East Coast surfing capital and the location of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where all 135 shuttle missions launched and unmanned rockets continue to launch. The Space Coast is home to Space Shuttle Atlantis and is one of only four destinations nationwide where visitors can view an orbiter. For more information, contact the Space Coast Office of Tourism at (877) 572-3224 or visit Visit to learn about upcoming rocket launches. Find us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter at