NEWBERRY - College Sports Television, in conjunction with the NCAA, have announced that they will air select NCAA Division II football games via broadband web streaming video.
The NCAA and CSTV will air three live Division II football games on Thursday nights, with another 40 games available via broadband streaming video. The games will be available to anyone with a high-speed internet connection and will be free of charge.
The games will be available through NCAAsports.com and CSTV.com on a dedicated web page for Division II. The South Atlantic Conference will provide a link to the appropriate website on its Internet home page, www.thesac.com when it becomes available.
"This is a major breakthrough for Division II to secure a national television package," said South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Doug Echols. "We applaud the NCAA Division II staff and CSTV for bringing this together to showcase the quality student-athletes who compete in the SAC and all of Division II. The additional opportunity to video stream games over the Internet puts Division II at the cutting edge of technology."
Newberry College will be featured on September 30 when they play host to SAC opponent Carson-Newman. The game will feature two of the top offenses in the conference. The Indians have one of the league's top passing attacks while the Eagles boast the league's top rushing offense. Last year, Carson-Newman came from behind to earn a 41-28 victory.
Two other SAC games will be apart of the package. Carson-Newman will make their second appearance when they play host to Lenoir-Rhyne on October 21. Mars Hill will face Wingate in a road match up on November 11 to wrap up the regular-season schedule.
The regular-season partnership is the first of its kind for Division II. The CSTV agreement, which runs through 2009, provides an amplified platform to highlight Division II contests and student-athlete accomplishments, while also promoting the intercollegiate athletics philosophy for Division II member institutions. There are more than 74,800 student-athletes at 290 NCAA Division II colleges and universities nationwide.
Six basketball games (three men, three women) are scheduled for live television beginning in January, with another 32 games available on broadband streaming. The NCAA will announce the basketball schedule later.
The South Atlantic Conference is composed of nine private, liberal-art colleges and universities located in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The SAC is beginning its 31st year of athletic tradition and excellence, and its 17th year as a comprehensive all-sports conference. Since becoming eligible for NCAA Division II postseason play in 1993, the league has sent representatives from all of its sponsored sports to NCAA postseason tournaments.
CSTV Networks, Inc., now part of the CBS Corporation, is the leading digital and cable programming company dedicated to college sports. Connecting more fans to more college sports than any other company, its many platforms for programming distribution include: CSTV: College Sports TV, televising regular-season and championship events for 35 men's and women's college sports. CSTV.com and its network of nearly 250 official athletic sites; CSTV All Access, broadband services providing live audio and video of more than 10,000 events annually; as well as satellite television and radio, in-flight entertainment, wireless networks and more. Further information is available at www.CSTV.com.