Football TV Package Features Four Comcast SportsNet Games
July 26, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The preseason nationally-ranked Illinois State football team will be televised six times this season, including four live games on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, as part of the athletic department's local television partnership with the regional sports network.
The four games, which will all be produced by Niles Media Group, the official television production team of Illinois State Athletics, will be the first of 20 Redbird TV events produced this season on the Illinois State Sports Network. WMBD Sports Director Kurt Pegler along with Illinois State All-America linebacker Boomer Grigsby, will provide the commentary for the football telecasts on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, whose regional television base reaches 4.7 million homes.
The Illinois State Sports Network will produce TV broadcasts for the Sept. 8 game at Eastern Michigan (noon CT), Sept. 22 at Western Illinois (3 p.m. CT), Oct. 27 at Northern Iowa (4 p.m. CT) and Nov. 3 at Indiana State (1:05 p.m. CT). In addition, the Redbirds will be on a pair of Missouri Valley Football Conference produced games - Oct. 6 vs. Southern Illinois (1 p.m. CT) and Oct. 13 vs. Youngstown State (1 p.m. CT).
"With six regular-season televised games, this is the most extensive television package for Redbird football in Illinois State history," associate athletics director for communications Todd Kober said. "All four of the school-produced television games will be road games, which will give our season ticket holders the opportunity to watch every Illinois State game this season, either in person or on TV, except one. We are grateful for our strong partnerships with Comcast SportsNet Chicago, especially with Vice President of Programming Greg Bowman, and the Niles Media Group."
Comcast SportsNet is the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox.
"We are very excited about this new partnership with Illinois State and the opportunity to showcase one of the state's top football programs with our viewers throughout the Midwest," said Bowman.