STATESBORO — Georgia Southern University Football will have six games televised live during the upcoming 2007 season. The announcement was made on Monday by the Southern Conference office and Georgia Southern Athletics.
Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast will carry three of Georgia Southern’s home games. SportSouth will also broadcast three games, two as part of the Southern Conference’s television package and the Coastal Carolina game as part of the Big South Conference television deal.
CSS reaches 5.7 million households across 12 Southern states while SportSouth reaches 8.8 million cable and satellite subscribers across Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and regions of central and western North Carolina. The SoCon has a six-game television package with SportSouth this season.
The Eagles’ Sept. 15 game at Coastal Carolina marks the first of the six televised games. Georgia Southern’s games at Elon (Oct. 13) and versus Furman at Paulson Stadium (Nov. 10) are also SportSouth broadcasts.
Three of Georgia Southern’s games at Paulson Stadium will be carried live on CSS. Consecutive home games against Chattanooga (Sept. 22) and Western Carolina (Sept. 29) in addition to the Oct. 27 game against The Citadel are CSS broadcasts.
“Once again Georgia Southern football will benefit from great television exposure during the upcoming 2007 season. There is a great deal of excitement and anticipation surrounding head coach Chris Hatcher and the football program right now. Our television schedule will certainly help with the continual growth of our program,” Georgia Southern athletics director Sam Baker said. “Being on television greatly helps our recruiting efforts and in promoting Georgia Southern to football fans throughout the Southeast region.”
According to Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino, “As the premier Football Championship Subdivision conference in the nation, we believe the increase in televised football games is a significant step forward for the league and its members. In addition, our new partnership with SportSouth will increase exposure in the conference footprint and eliminate distribution problems we have experienced in the past.”