The Southern Conference announced recently the league’s 14-game football package for the 2014 season. Eight games will appear on ESPN3, while an additional six games will be available on the newly formed American Sports Network (ASN), an initiative launched by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
In addition to the league’s partnership with ESPN3, the conference has reached an agreement for a diverse broadcast package with ASN. As part of the agreement, a minimum of 18 Southern Conference events are tentatively scheduled to be shown on broadcast television affiliates throughout the southeast, including six football games during the upcoming season. Sinclair’s broadcast stations will carry the games as part of their primary program lineup on affiliates throughout the Conference’s footprint.
“This is the most robust TV package Southern Conference football has enjoyed in quite some time,” said Commissioner John Iamarino. “We’ll have at least one game broadcast in 11 of the 12 weeks during the season, and several dates will feature two games. We’re very pleased to continue our relationship with ESPN and launch a new one with the American Sports Network.”
The overall TV package begins with the first Conference game of the season on September 6 when Furman travels to face Mercer. That game will be Mercer’s first contest as a Southern Conference program.
The broadcast schedule runs for 10 consecutive weeks beginning September 20 when VMI visits Samford. Furman will host Western Carolina, while Samford travels to Chattanooga in a double-header that will air on ASN on Sept. 27.
The final weekend of the regular season also features two games, including the Military Classic of the South, when The Citadel visits VMI. The 2014 matchup will be the 70th meeting between the two schools. That game will air on ESPN3 while Chattanooga visits Furman in a game that can be seen on the Sinclair affiliates. The Mocs and Paladins were Southern Conference tri-champions with Samford in 2013.
Darren Goldwater returns to handle primary play-by-play duties for the league’s broadcasts. The 2014-15 year will mark Goldwater’s fourth year on the Conference package after three years as director of broadcasting and play-by-play announcer for The Citadel.
Former NFL linebacker Corey Miller will handle the color commentary duties. Miller, who currently serves as sports anchor and host with WACH-TV in Columbia, played collegiately at the University of South Carolina before spending nine years with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.
2014 SoCon Football Broadcast Schedule
|Sept. 6||Furman at Mercer||6 pm||ESPN3|
|Sept. 20||VMI at Samford||3 pm||ESPN3|
|Sept. 27||Western Carolina at Furman||3:30 pm||ASN|
|Sept. 27||Samford at Chattanooga||7 pm||ASN|
|Oct. 4||The Citadel at Wofford||1:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Oct. 11||Wofford at Western Carolina||3:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Oct. 18||Chattanooga at The Citadel||12 noon||ASN|
|Oct. 25||Mercer at Chattanooga||12 noon||ASN|
|Nov. 1||Furman at VMI||1:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Nov. 8||Wofford at Chattanooga||1 pm||ESPN3|
|Nov. 8||Western Carolina at Samford||3 pm||ASN|
|Nov. 15||Wofford at Furman||12 noon||ESPN3|
|Nov. 22||The Citadel at VMI||1:30 pm||ESPN3|
|Nov. 22||Chattanooga at Furman||3:30 pm||ASN|