Behind the Broadcast: ESPN will televise regular-season college hockey games
Earlier this week, the Big Ten announced which college hockey game would be televised in the conference’s inaugural season.
What caught the attention of most college hockey fans wasn’t the 27 games the Big Ten Network will televise, which includes many double-headers on Friday nights.
Rather, it was the following paragraph: “ESPN networks, home of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships in Philadelphia, will air an additional seven contests, beginning on Friday, Nov. 29, when Minnesota will play host to Wisconsin to open the inaugural Big Ten regular season. Faceoff for that game is scheduled for 5 p.m. on ESPNU. ESPN will conclude its slate of Big Ten games on Friday, March 14, when Minnesota visits Michigan at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS.”
After a two-year hiatus when it didn’t televise regular-season hockey games, it was shocking, yet welcoming, to hear ESPN is getting back in the business of televising them. To me, since the network is home to the NCAA hockey tournament, it would make sense for ESPN to have televised regular-season games on one of its channels. However, regular-season college hockey games were ignored by ESPN. College hockey fans took notice. I even suggested that the NCAA look into taking away the NCAA hockey tournament TV rights from ESPN and give it to a network that was televising regular-season games, like NBCSN and CBSSN.
While seven games may not seem like much, it is a good start. My hope is that, down the road, ESPN begins to dedicate more time to the growing sport. Don’t just focus on the Big Ten. There is some good college hockey in Hockey East, Atlantic Hockey, the new WCHA and, oh yes, ECAC Hockey, which is home to defending NCAA champion Yale and NCAA runner-up Quinnipiac. Those two teams are not that far from ESPN’s home in Bristol, Conn.
The new National Collegiate Hockey Conference is tied into CBSSN, so there is no chance ESPN can get those games.
Welcome back to the regular-season college hockey scene, ESPN. It’s good to see you again.
Union on one station
Union men’s hockey games will be carried only on WPTR-AM (1240) this season, it was announced Thursday.
The broadcasts had also been on WABY-AM (1160). That won’t be the case this season. Both stations are owned by Empire Broadcasting.
Earlier this year, WPTR changed from an oldies music channel to all-sportstalk. It is affiliated with CBS Sports Radio.
Matt DuBrey and Brian Unger return to call the action.
Also, “Union College Hockey Coaches Corner Live” returns to The Van Dyck Restaurant and Lounge, 237 Union St., Schenectady. The air dates for the show, which runs from 6-6:30 p.m., are Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 10,
Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4. Feb. 18, March 4 and March 18.
Fans out of the Capital Region can listen to the games and the coaches show online at teamline.cc.
Football TV schedule
Here are the NFL and college games that will be on TV over the next week. Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses. Announcing teams are subject to change.
FOX23 (WXXA) — N.Y. Giants at Carolina, 1 p.m. (Thom Brennaman/Brian Billick/Laura Okmin).
CBS6 (WRGB) — Houston at Baltimore,
1 p.m. (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf); Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 4:25 p.m. (Marv Albert/Rich Gannon).
NBC13 (WNYT) — Chicago at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — Green Bay at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver); St. Louis at Dallas, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa); Tampa Bay at New England,
1 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt/John Lynch/Erin Andrews); Arizona at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (Sam Rosen/Heath Evans/Molly McGrath); Detroit at Washington, 1 p.m. (Dick Stockton/Ronde Barber/Kris Budden); Cleveland at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots); San Diego at Tennessee,
1 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts); Atlanta at Miami, 4:05 p.m. (Chris Myers/Tim Ryan/Jennifer Hale); Indianapolis at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms); Jacksonville at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker).
ESPN — Oakland at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).
NFL Network — San Francisco at St. Louis, 8:25 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
ESPN — North Carolina at Georgia Tech, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Tom Luginbill); Arkansas at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Rod Gilmore/Quint Kessenich); Auburn at LSU, 7:30 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe).
ESPN2 — San Jose State at Minnesota, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Paul Carcaterra); Utah State at Southern California, 3:30 p.m. (Dave Flemming/David Diaz-Infante/Shelley Smith); Colorado State at Alabama, 7 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Maria Taylor); Utah at BYU, 10:15 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Lewis Johnson).
ESPNU — Marshall at Virginia Tech, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi); West Virginia vs. Maryland, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Kelly Stouffer); SMU at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Dawn Davenport); Wyoming at Air Force, 10:15 p.m. (Joe Davis/Dan Hawkins).
ESPNEWS — Vanderbilt at Massachusetts, noon (Dave Lamont/Ray Bentley).
FS1 — Louisiana Tech at Kansas, noon (Justin Kutcher/James Bates/Brady Poppinga); Louisiana-Monroe at Baylor, 4 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joey Harrington/Ryan Nece).
MSG — North Texas at Georgia, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).
CBSSN — Wake Forest at Army, noon (Ben Holden/Tom Bradley/John Feinstein and Kristine Leahy); Oregon State at San Diego State, 7:30 p.m. (Andrew Catalon/Aaron Taylor/Lauren Gardner).
BTN — Florida A&M at Ohio State, noon (Matt Devlin/Glen Mason/Lisa Byington); Kent State at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (Kevin Kugler/Chuck Long); Missouri at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Eric Collins/Derek Rackley/Rick Pizzo).
ESPN3 — Toledo at Central Michigan, noon (Michael Reghi/Doug Graber); Florida International at Louisville, noon; Ball State at Eastern Michigan, 1 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/Forrest Conoly); Austin Peay at Ohio,
2 p.m. (Keith Morehouse/Rocky Boiman); Jacksonville State at Georgia State, 2 p.m. (Roy Philpott/Peter Vaas); VMI at Virginia,
3:30 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/Stan Lewter/Angela Mallen); Murray State at Bowling Green, 3:30 p.m. (Dave Weekley/John Gregory); Cincinnati at Miami (Ohio), 4 p.m. (Jim Barbar/Pete Najarian/Rontina McCann); Arkansas State at Memphis, 4:30 p.m. (Joel Meyers/Kevin O’Connell); Bethune-Cookman at Florida State, 6 p.m. (John Sadak/Al Groh/Tiffany Greene); Louisiana-Lafayette at Akron, 6 p.m. (Frank Giardina/Jerod Cherry); Lafayette at Penn, 6 p.m.; Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m. (Mike Couzens/Bob Chmeil); Savannah State at Miami (Fla.), 7 p.m. (Drew Fellios/Cory Chavous/Steffi Sorensen); Morgan State at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m. (Trey Bender/Brian Kinchen); Montana State at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m.; Troy at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m. (Bob Rathbun/Tim Couch/Elizabeth Moreau); Midwestern State at West Georgia, 7:30 p.m.; Kansas State at Texas, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox); Tennessee State at Tennessee Tech, 8 p.m.
MY4 (WNYA) — Pittsburgh at Duke, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Rachel Baribeau).
MSG Plus — Tulane at Syracuse, 12:30 p.m. (Wes Durham/Brian Stann/Jenn Hildreth); Houston vs. Rice (joined in progress), 4 p.m. (Mark Followill/Brian Baldinger/JC Pearson); Texas State at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (Ron Thulin/Gary Reasons/Jim Knox).
SNY — Stony Brook at Villanova, 3 p.m.
Pac-12 — Idaho State at Washington, 3 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Yogi Roth/Jill Savage); New Mexico State at UCLA, 10:30 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Drea Avent).
CBS6 — Tennessee at Florida, 3:30 p.m. (Verner Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
ABC10 — Purdue at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Michigan at Connecticut, 8 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Shannon Spake).
NBC13 — Michigan State at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Dan Hicks/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
FOX College Sports Pacific — Delaware State at North Dakota State, 3:30 p.m.
NBCSN — Lehigh at Princeton, 6 p.m. (Randy Moss/Ross Tucker).
FOX23 — Arizona State at Stanford, 6:30 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Kristina Pink).
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 50 — Central Connecticut State at UAlbany, 7 p.m. (Rodger Wyland/Zach Bye).
FOX College Sports Atlantic — Texas-San Antonio at Texas Tech, 8 p.m.
ESPN — Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Ponder).
FS1 — Iowa State at Tulsa, 7:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis/Kristina Pink).
ESPNU — Howard vs. North Carolina A&T, 7:30 p.m. (Mark Neely/Jay Walker).
ESPN — Utah State at San Jose State, 9 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Danny Kanell/Allison Williams).
ESPNU — Middle Tennessee at BYU, 9 p.m.