September 20, 2013

UNH and FOX College Sports Announce 15-Game Television Agreement

DURHAM, N.H. & LOS ANGELES – The University of New Hampshire athletic department, FOX College Sports and Wildcat Sports Properties have announced a 15-game multi-sport package to air live on FOX College Sports during the 2013-14 season. In addition, FOX College Sports will air UNH’s monthly magazine show Inside Wildcat Country for the upcoming season. 

UNH Wildcat Productions will produce the games with production partner Pack Network. Wildcat Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports, manages the comprehensive multimedia rights for UNH Athletics.

“Broadcasting UNH athletics nationally with our partners at FOX College Sports once again this season is a major opportunity for us,” Tom Wilkins, Associate Athletic Director for Communications said. "FOX College Sports’ national reach allows fans, parents, alumni and prospective students to see the University of New Hampshire and its premier athletic programs. We are excited that UNH fans viewed our telecasts in record numbers in 2012-13, and we look forward to sharing another exciting season of Wildcats' athletics with our great fans across the country through this television package." 

The 15-game package will feature nine men’s ice hockey games as well as two games each for men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s ice hockey. The first broadcast of the 2013-14 season is Friday, Oct. 18 (7:30 p.m.) when the UNH men’s hockey team plays the University of Michigan in its home opener at the Whittemore Center.

“FOX College Sports is excited to partner with the University of New Hampshire for a second straight year,” said Gary Ehrlich, Executive Vice President, FOX Sports Networks.  “We look forward to continuing to showcase these student-athletes to a national audience, making it easier for family, friends and alumni to follow the Wildcats.” 

“We’re excited to see our television coverage continue to expand this season,” Wildcat Sports Properties General Manager Justin Barnes said. “This partnership with FOX College Sports allows us to reach a national audience with our broadcasts and that’s a great thing for Wildcat Country.”

UNH Wildcat Productions broadcasts home games for 12 of its 20 varsity sports via UNHWildcats.tv and AmericaEast.tv. All told, UNH will produce over 100 games, including the 15 on FCS, in the 2013-14 season. 

Men's Hockey Schedule (nine games)

Fri. 10/18 Michigan - 7:30 pm

Sat. 10/19 Michigan - 7 pm

Sat. 11/2 UMass Lowell - 7 pm

Fri. 11/8 UMass – 7:30 pm

Sat. 12/7 BC - 7 pm

Fri. 1/3 Nebraska Omaha – 7:30 pm

Fri. 1/24 Maine – 7:30 pm

Fri. 1/31 Notre Dame - 7:30 pm 

Fri. 2/7 Vermont - 7:30 pm

Women’s Hockey Schedule (two games)

Sun. 2/9 Connecticut – 2 pm

Sat. 2/15 Vermont – 2 pm

Men’s Basketball Schedule (two games)

Sat. 2/22 UMass Lowell – 3:30 pm

Sat. 1/18 Hartford – 2 pm

Women’s Basketball Schedule (two games)

Sat. 2/22 UMass Lowell – 1 pm

Sat. 3/1 Maine – 1 pm

About FOX College Sports: FOX College Sports offers three nationally distributed college sports networks – FCS Pacific, FCS Central and FCS Atlantic.  The three networks combine to telecast more than 1,100 live NCAA events annually.  FCS is seen by viewers in the nation’s 25 largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis and Tampa. Key distribution partners include DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Cablevision Systems, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom Communications, and Cable One.  For more information on where to find FCS, visit http://fcs.channelfinder.net/start.asp.

About UNH Wildcat Productions: UNH Wildcat Productions is the athletic department’s video and television entity. The department oversees video streaming, video features, video replay and manages relationships with local and national television providers. 

About Learfield Sports: Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations and titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.  The company’s multi-media rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally.  Today, Learfield Sports’ exclusive sports programming reaches more than 50 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming on more than 1,000 radio stations. For additional information about the company’s 40-year history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.

About Pack Network: Pack Network specializes in video production, web-based applications and graphic/web design projects of all sizes. Formed in 2007, the Boston-based company partners with schools and conferences to provide live video production and webcast services. Recently, Pack Network productions have gone from the web to television with over 100 live televised sporting events last season, most of which were in high definition and delivered via the internet. To learn more, visit packnetwork.com or facebook.com/packnetwork.

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