CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - The Big South Conference today announced that it will have its largest football TV package ever in 2012, as a League-record 26 games will be televised this upcoming season. Overall, the Big South will appear on television every week of the season for the first time in the League's 11-year football history, and will also have a "Game of the Week" carried on ESPN3 during all seven weeks of the Conference season for the first time.
The Big South's Conference TV slate features seven games on ESPN3 and an additional two on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). Big South members will also appear on the Altitude Sports & Entertainment Network, Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) and SNY this fall, while Liberty University's Flames Sports Network will broadcast eight games involving the Flames -- including four Conference contests.
ESPN3 will kick off the Conference's new "Game of the Week" television package on Oct. 6 with the Presbyterian College at VMI game live at 1:30pm from Lexington, Va., and continues each week through the season finale on Nov. 17. The final two weeks of the season will also include television coverage on MASN, as the regional sports network will carry the Nov. 10 Stony Brook at Liberty game and Nov. 17 Charleston Southern at Coastal Carolina. Both games will start at 3:30pm.
Meanwhile, one 2012 season-opening game involving the Big South will also be covered. On Saturday, Sept. 1, Liberty's contest at Wake Forest will be covered on ESPN3 at 6:30pm -- the first of three out-of-Conference games on ESPN3 this season. Presbyterian's game at Georgia Tech on Sept. 8 and Gardner-Webb's match-up at Pittsburgh on Sept. 22 are slated to appear on ESPN3.
In addition to the television broadcasts, the Big South Conference will again deliver all home football games live on its premium content website, the Big South Network presented by State Farm.
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2012 Big South Conference Football Television Schedule (All Times EST)
Liberty at Wake Forest, 6:30pm - ESPN3
Presbyterian at Georgia Tech, 7:00pm - ESPN3
Norfolk State at Liberty, 7:00pm - Flames Sports Network
Charleston Southern at Illinois, 12:00pm - Big Ten Network
Presbyterian at Vanderbilt, 12:30pm - CSS
Liberty at Montana 3:30pm, - Altitude, Flames Sports Network
Stony Brook at Syracuse, 4:00pm - SNY
Furman at Presbyterian, 12:00pm - CSS
Gardner-Webb at Pittsburgh, 3:30pm - ESPN3
VMI at Navy, 3:30pm - CBS Sports Network
Lehigh at Liberty, 7:00pm - Flames Sports Network
Stony Brook at Army, 12:00pm - CBS Sports Network
Presbyterian at VMI *, 1:30pm - ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Liberty *, 3:30pm - Flames Sports Network
Liberty at Presbyterian *, 2:00pm - Flames Sports Network
Stony Brook at Coastal Carolina *, TBA - ESPN3
Presbyterian at Charleston Southern *, 1:30pm - ESPN3
Concord at Liberty, 3:30pm - Flames Sports Network
Stony Brook at Presbyterian *, 1:00pm - ESPN3
Liberty at Coastal Carolina *, TBA - Flames Sports Network
Coastal Carolina at Gardner-Webb *, 1:30pm - ESPN3
Charleston Southern at Liberty *, 3:30pm - Flames Sports Network
Gardner-Webb at Charleston Southern *, 1:30pm - ESPN3
Stony Brook at Liberty *, 3:30pm - MASN
Liberty at VMI *, 1:30pm - ESPN3
Charleston Southern at Coastal Carolina *, 3:30pm - MASN
* - Big South Conference game