NEW ORLEANS (SunBeltSports.org) – The Sun Belt Conference has released game times for its seven Sun Belt Network football games that will air this fall. Additionally, Texas State's home game against Wyoming has been selected to air on the Longhorn Network. The announcements were made Monday.
For the upcoming season the Sun Belt Network will air seven high-definition football broadcasts as part of a minimum of 39 broadcasts that the network will air. The Sun Belt Network is a partnership of the league and Cox Sports Television (CST) and Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) that has been in place since 2008. The Sun Belt Conference may seek distribution with providers outside of the footprint those two networks reach. Contests are often available on ESPN3 and ESPN GamePlan outside of the CSS and CST markets.
Since its inception and including the upcoming season, the Sun Belt Network will have aired over 150 Sun Belt contests.
The 2013 Sun Belt Network slate kicks off on October 5th with rivals South Alabama and Troy being showcased in a noon kickoff. League newcomers Georgia State and Texas State will be featured on several occasions – including a head-to-head tilt on October 19. The SBN schedule concludes with a late season rivalry clash between Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe on November 30.
The September 28 Texas State home game against Wyoming will air on the Longhorn Network as part of the Sun Belt Conference's relationship with ESPN. As the league's national television rights holder, ESPN can select games to broadcast on any of its platforms. The game between the Bobcats and Cowboys will kickoff at 6 p.m. (CT).
2013 Sun Belt Network Football Schedule
South Alabama at Troy – 12 p.m.
Troy at Georgia State – 2:30 p.m.
Georgia State at Texas State – 6 p.m.
WKU at Georgia State – 12 p.m.
Texas State at Arkansas State – 6:30 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe at South Alabama – 6 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe at Louisiana-Lafayette – 6 p.m.
All times Central (CT) and subject to change
CSS is a 24-hour sports network carrying a full slate of college sports programming. The channel offers a comprehensive sports lineup throughout the year including over 40 live college football games. In addition, CSS broadcasts over 165 men's and women's live college basketball games and over 80 live baseball games, as well as a comprehensive mix of sports news and in-depth sports analysis geared toward fans in the south. For more information on CSS, or to find out how you can get CSS on your cable system, log on to css-sports.com.
The New Orleans-based sports network launched on October 28, 2002 in front of 450,000 Louisiana viewers. CST has grown over 400% to 2 million in the nearly 11 years since launch, making it one of the fastest growing regional sports networks in the south. The 24-hour regional sports network is currently carried in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Oklahoma, Missouri and Virginia. CST is owned and operated by Cox Communications Louisiana, LLC. Initially targeted to be a Louisiana sports network, CST has secured collegiate, professional and high school events that have expanded the networks reach throughout the south. CST boasts over 300 live events per year including the New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Southeastern Conference, Sun Belt Conference, Tulane University, Louisiana high school events, Southern University in Baton Rouge, Big East, Big 12, WAC, Gulf South Conference, Atlantic Sun Conference and the New Orleans Zephyrs.