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Behind the Broadcast: ECAC Hockey getting no national exposure

Saturday, October 12, 2013
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There will be a lot of college hockey games on national television this year. As a person who covers the sport for this paper, I am ecstatic that the game is getting plenty of exposure.

But my enthusiasm is tempered because ECAC Hockey, the conference with the defending NCAA hockey champion and runner-up, has been left out in the cold.

With all of the national broadcast schedules now complete, you won’t see an ECACH matchup on TV, at least not yet, anyway, because, as the networks like to say, “Schedules are subject to change.”

I’m having a hard time understanding why there aren’t any ECACH games on national TV. Yes, I know that CBS Sports Network is tied in with the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Obviously, the Big Ten Network isn’t going to carry ECACH games.

That leaves two channels that are carrying college hockey games who should add ECACH games. NBC Sports Network and ESPN.

NBCSN will be televising over 20 games, 12 of which will be Notre Dame home games. That started Friday night. Another eight Notre Dame games will be on NBC Sports Extra online and on smart phones and iPads. The other games will be either Hockey East or Big Ten matchups.

ESPNU and ESPNEWS are combining to televise seven Big Ten games.

Why isn’t there any room for the ECACH? Wasn’t anyone impressed that Yale became the first ECACH team to win the NCAA title since 1989 when it beat conference- and New Haven-area rival Quinnipiac in April’s Frozen Four title game? It just doesn’t make sense.

I think there is a viable solution for the ECACH. It should talk with FOX Sports officials about getting a game of the week on either FOX Sports 1 or FS2. It would give the conference great exposure, and give FS1 or FS2 some programming. There is already a tie-in with FOX since FOX College Sports will be televising the ECACH tournament championship round for the second straight year.

The ECACH deserves the exposure.

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.

NFL

Sunday

FOX23 (WXXA) — Green Bay at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa); New Orleans at New England, 4:25 p.m. (Thom Brennaman/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).

CBS6 (WRGB) — Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms and Bill Cowher).

NBC13 (WNYT) — Washington at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).

DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — St. Louis at Houston, 1 p.m. (Chris Myers/Tim Ryan/Jennifer Hale); Carolina at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (Sam Rosen/Brian Billick/Laura Okmin); Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (Dick Stockton/Ronde Barber/Kris Budden);

Detroit at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Tom McCarthy/Heath Evans/Molly McGrath); Cincinnati at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots and Boomer Esiason); Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (Marv Albert/Rich Gannon); Tennessee at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf); Jacksonville at Denver, 4:05 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts and Shannon Sharpe); Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt/John Lynch).

Monday

ESPN — Indianapolis at San Diego, 8:25 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).

Thursday

NFL Network — Seattle at Arizona, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flan-

agan).

College football

Today

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 50 — UAlbany at Delaware, noon. (Scott Graham/Brad Jackson).

ABC10 (WTEN) — Oklahoma vs. Texas, noon (Brent Musburger/Todd Blackledge/Heather Cox); Boston College at Clemson, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Rod Gilmore/Quint Kessenich).

ESPN — Missouri at Georgia, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Tom Luginbill); Mich-igan at Penn State, 5 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Maria Taylor); Texas A&M at Mississippi, 8:30 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Kirk Herbstreit/Holly Rowe).

ESPN2 — Indiana at Michigan State, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Paul Carcaterra); Northwestern at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Shannon Spake); Alabama at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Kaylee Hartung); California at UCLA, 10:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards).

ESPNEWS — Memphis at Houston, noon (Paul Loeffler/John Bunting).

NBCSN — Lehigh at Columbia, noon; Richmond at James Madison, 3:30 p.m.; Villanova at Townson, 7 p.m.

SNY — South Florida at Connecticut, noon (Eamon McAnaney/Anthony Becht/Brooke Weisbrod).

MSG — South Carolina at Arkansas, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).

MSG Plus — Kansas at Texas Christian, noon; (Mark Followill/Brian Baldinger/J.C. Pearson); Syracuse at North Carolina State, 3:30 p.m. (Wes Durham/Brian Stann/Jenn Hildreth).

ESPNU — Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi); Virginia at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Kelly Stouffer); Georgia Tech at BYU, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Dawn Davenport); Oregon State at Washington State, 10:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker).

FS1 — Iowa Stare at Texas Tech, noon (Eric Collins/James Bates/Brady Poppinga); Oregon at Washington, 4 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Kristina Pink); Tulsa at Texas-El Paso, 8 p.m. (Adam Alexander/Chris Simms).

CBSSN — Eastern Michigan at Army, noon (Ben Holden/Tom Bradley/Kristine Leahy); San Jose State at Colorado State, 3:30 p.m. (Brad Johansen/Randy Cross/Rashan Ali); Boise State at Utah State, 8 p.m. (Andrew Catalon/Aaron Taylor/Lauren Gardner).

BTN — Nebraska at Purdue, noon (Kevin Kugler/Chuck Long/J Leaman).

NBC13 (WNYT) — Navy at Duke, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Rachel Baribeau).

ESPN3 — Buffalo at Western Michigan, 2 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/Rocky Boiman); Western Carolina at Auburn, 2 p.m.; Central Michigan at Ohio, 2 p.m.; Missouri State at North Dakota State, 2 p.m.; Kent State at Ball State, 3 p.m. (Jim Barbar/Mark Herrmann); Miami (Ohio) at Massachusetts, 3 p.m. (Bob Picozzi/KC Keeler); Troy at Georgia State, 3:30 p.m.; South Dakota State at Western Illinois, 4 p.m.; Northwestern State at Nicholls State, 4 p.m.; Akron at Northern Illinois, 5 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/Bob

Chmeil); Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina, 6 p.m.; Furman at Tennessee-Chattanooga, 6 p.m.; Idaho at Arkansas State, 7 p.m. (Brock Bowling/Warrick Dunn); Bowling Green at Mississippi State, 7 p.m.; Illinois State at Youngstown State, 7 p.m.; Stephen F. Austin at Southeastern Louis-iana, 8 p.m.

CBS6 — Florida at LSU, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).

FOX23 — Baylor at Kansas State, 4 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joey Harrington/Ryan Nece).

Pac-12 — Stanford at Utah, 6 p.m. (Roxy Bernstein/Glenn Parker/Drea Avent); Colorado at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Yogi Roth/Jill Savage).

FOX College Sports Atlantic — Marshall at Florida Atlantic, 5 p.m.

FOX College Sports Central — Yale at Dartmouth, 1:30 p.m. (Brendan Burke/Ben Leber/Leslie McCaslin); Wisconsin-Stout at Wisconsin-Whitewater, 5 p.m.

FOX College Sports Pacific — Eastern Washington at North Dakota, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday

ESPN2 — Louisiana-Lafayette at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m. (Joe Davis/David Diaz-Infante).

Thursday

ESPN — Miami at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Ponder).

CBSSN — Findlay at Ohio Dominican, 8 p.m. (Brent Stover/Corey Chavous/Lisa Byington).

Friday

ESPN — UCF at Louisville, 8 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Danny Kanell/Allison Williams).

parting shots

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel-50 will televise three high school soccer games over the next four days. Tonight at 7, it’s a boys’ matchup between Mechanicville and Stillwater. The other two games are girls’ contests — Queensbury at South Glens Falls at 7 p.m. Monday, and Shenendehowa at Niskayuna at 7 p.m. Tuesday. . . .

CBS will televise two Syracuse men’s basketball games this season. The Orange, who are now in the ACC, will be on Dec. 28 against former Big East rival Villanova, and Jan. 25 against ACC foe Miami. . . .

NBC and the PGA of America announced Thursday that the network will televise the next eight Ryder Cup events. The deal runs through 2030. . . .

“Being: Mariano Rivera,” a 90-minute FOX Sports documentary on the New York Yankees great’s final season, will air next Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on FOX23.

 
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