Monday, September 22, 2008

Primetime Tigers

The entire nation will get a chance to see the CC-DU rivalry this fall as ESPNU will carry the game, though "entire nation" might be a stretch since I don't know a single person who has it. Regardless, the rivalry will get some ESPN coverage and the Tigers' games against Minnesota will be on FSN as well. Let's hope the Tigers will represent well after their strong season last year.
The last time ESPNU was in Colorado Springs it was for the West Regional. One blogger noticed what a great job they did...
Once again, hockey fans across the country will have a chance to witness Colorado College’s heated rivalry with the University of Denver.

CC’s first of two home games against the Pioneers, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 2, will be telecast live nationally on ESPNU, starting at 5 p.m. MT.

“This is a great rivalry featuring two top-ranked teams within the sport of hockey,” said Steve Curran, vice president for programming & acquisitions at ESPN. “We are thrilled to show this match-up to a national audience on ESPNU.”

ESPNU launched on March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network features more than 550 live events annually, including college football, college basketball and Olympic sports from more than 25 Division I conferences, as well as premier high school content. The network also has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA for enhanced coverage of 22 NCAA Championships.

“We have a great relationship with the ESPN Network and appreciate the opportunity to show the CC Tigers live throughout the country on ESPNU,” said Scott Lowenberg, assistant athletic director at the school. “It is a reflection of what Coach Scott Owens and his student-athletes have achieved on the ice. This game, one of the best rivalries in any sport, will be a treat for all college sports fans.”

ESPNU also offers comprehensive studio programming, including live simulcasts of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and replays the best games of the week from ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNU HD and online at In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection, a multi-platform student-generated content initiative, was introduced in August 2007.

The Tigers meet DU at Magness Arena on Friday, Oct. 31. The rematch at the Colorado Springs World Arena originally was scheduled for the following night, Saturday, Nov. 1, but was switched to accommodate ESPNU’s telecast. The archrivals play each other again at the World Arena on Friday, Feb. 13, then in Denver in the regular-season finale on Saturday, March 7. That game, along with those on Oct. 31 and Feb. 13, will be televised live on FSN Rocky Mountain.

In addition, FSN will carry all four of Colorado College’s games against the University of Minnesota, plus one at the University of Wisconsin.

Four other CC road games, two each at Alaska Anchorage and North Dakota, also will be televised locally in Colorado Springs and throughout the Southern Colorado Region. The game at UAA on Friday, Nov. 21, will air on News First Now (Comcast channel 9, digital channel 247), while the remaining three will run live on The CW (Comcast channel 7, satellite/over-the-air 57).