Behind the Broadcast: UAlbany games back on FOX Sports 980

Nearly three months into the college football season, UAlbany athletics has found its way back to FO

Nearly three months into the college football season, UAlbany athletics has found its way back to FOX Sports 980 (WOFX-AM).

The two sides came to agreement Wednesday to bring the Great Danes’ football and men’s basketball broadcasts back to WOFX, starting with today’s football game at Sacred Heart at 1 p.m. The Great Danes had been on the station for 12 years before a sudden parting of ways in late August.

“We worked out a nice deal with 980,” Charlie Voelker, UAlbany’s associate athletic director of external affairs, said. “It’s a deal that works for both sides. It gave us a little more consistency.

Said WOFX program director Josh Everett: “We are excited to have them back. “It’s great to have first-place Great Danes football back in time for the NEC stretch run.”

In August, UAlbany announced that it would have the football and men’s basketball games on its college station, WCDB-FM (90.9). One of the reasons was that UAlbany wanted to use its website to stream not only the radio broadcast, but a video feed, as well.

“We’re looking to utilize our resources to meet our needs going forward with streaming and the website,” Voelker said at the time. “Stony Brook’s model is pretty good. They use their college radio station as, basically, a format for streaming. They stream games on audio, and they stream their games [with a] video/audio mix. We had to decide what we’re going to do and how we were going about it.

“We decided, for right now, that’s the direction we’re going to go. We’re focusing on improving our website. We’re focusing on improving our video and audio streaming, and focusing on where the industry is going.”

Well, Voelker admitted that it didn’t work out quite the way the university wanted.

There were some technical problems. In a game at Bryant, UAlbany play-by-play announcer Rodger Wyland had to use his cell phone to call the action.

“We like to work with our stud­ents to get them to the point where we can get them to do some things,” Voelker said. “We have a great rel­ationship with ’CDB. . . . I think the college radio station wanted a little more time to get ready for something like this. It was a big undertaking.”

Breeders’ Cup coverage

The NBC Sports Group announced its Breeders’ Cup broadcast schedule for next weekend.

Coverage from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., begins Friday on NBC Sports Network from 4-8 p.m. NBCSN continues its coverage on Saturday from 3:30-8 p.m. NBC Sports will have prime-time coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 8 p.m. next Saturday.

Tom Hammond will host the coverage. The rest of the crew are analysts Gary Stevens, Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier, host/reporter Laffit Pincay III and reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, Jay Privman and Nick Luck.

Larry Collmus will call the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Ladies’ Classic. NBC will take the call of track announcer Trevor Denman for the remaining races.

NBC Sports Group returns to televising the Breeders’ Cup for the first time since 2005. ESPN had the races between 2006-11.

Football schedules

Here are the upcoming games in the NFL and college football that will be on TV and the Internet. Most of the ESPN and ESPN2 games will also be available on ESPN3, ESPN’s Internet outlet.

Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play announcer, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses:



NFL Network and NFL HD — Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).


CBS6 (WRGB) and CBS6 HD — Miami at N.Y. Jets 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts).

FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX23 HD — Atlanta at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (Dick Stockton/John Lynch/Jennifer Hale); Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 4:25 p.m. (Thom Brennaman/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).

NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD — New Orleans at Denver, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).


ESPN and ESPN HD — San Francisco at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).

College football


Time Warner Cable Sports-50 and TWCS-1803 HD — Temple at Pittsburgh, noon (Eamon McAnaney/David Diaz-Infante/Paul Carcaterra); Toledo at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m. (Ben Wagner/Marlon Kerner/Mike Scott).

ESPN and ESPN HD — Tennessee at South Carolina, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Jenn Brown); Ohio State at Penn State, 5:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Quint Kessenich); Mississippi State at Alabama, 8:30 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe).

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Iowa at Northwestern, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Lewis Johnson); Southern California at Arizona, 3:30 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Maria Taylor); Michigan at Nebraska, 8 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Jessica Mendoza).

ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Kentucky at Missouri, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi); Duke at No. 12 Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Dan Hawkins); Texas A&M at Auburn, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Allison Williams); Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State (same-day tape), 10:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker).

MSG and MSG HD — Mississippi at Ark­ansas, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).

Time Warner Cable Sports-1 — Princeton at Cornell, 12:30 p.m. (Mark Larson/Dale Drypolcher/Danny Liedka); Syracuse at South Florida, 7 p.m. (Mike Gleason/John Gregory).

MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Texas at Kansas, noon (Ron Thulin/Dave Lapham/Desmond Purnell); Texas Christian at Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. (Joel Meyers/Brian Baldinger/Jim Knox); Baylor at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (Mike Morgan/JC Pearson/Laura McKeeman).

NBC Sports Network and NBCSN HD — Delaware at Old Dominion, noon (Todd Harris/Anthony Herron/Carolyn Manno).

CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — Ball State at Army, noon (Ben Holden/Randy Cross/Geoff Easterling); Boise State at Wyoming, 3:30 p.m. (James Bates/Aaron Taylor/Lauren Gardner); Central Florida at Marshall, 8 p.m. (Dave Ryan/Steve Beuerlein/Evan Washburn).

Big Ten Network and BTN HD — Indiana at Illinois, noon (Kevin Kugler/Chris Martin/Jon Jansen); Purdue at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. (Eric Collins/Derek Rackley/J Leman).

FOX College Sports Atlantic — Eastern Illinois at Eastern Kentucky, noon; Navy at East Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (Adam Alexander/Gary Reasons/Lesley McCaslin).

YES and YES HD — Yale at Columbia, 12:30 p.m. (Chris Shearn/Jack Ford/Ross Tucker).

ESPN3 — Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, noon (Michael Reghi/Doug Graber); Maryland at Boston College, 1 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/John Bunting); Stony Brook at Presbyterian, 1 p.m. (Evan Lepler/Nate Ross); The Citadel at Wofford, 1:30 p.m.; Utah State at Texas-San Antonio, 2 p.m. (Jonathan Yardley/Forrest Conoly); South Dakota at Indiana State, 2 p.m.; BYU at Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (Rich Waltz/Keith Jones/Jenn Hildreth); Youngstown State at South Dakota State, 3 p.m.; Ohio at Miami (Ohio), 3:30 p.m.; Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, 3:30 p.m. (Greg Franke/Tom Cole); North Texas at Middle Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.; Liberty at Coastal Carolina, 3:30 p.m.; Sam Houston State at Lamar, 4 p.m.; Western Kentucky at Florida Inter­national, 6 p.m. (Drew Fellios/Warrick Dunn); Massachusetts at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (Bob Rathbun/Tim Couch/Elizabeth Moreau); Louisiana Tech at New Mexico State, 8 p.m.; Stephen F. Austin at McNeese State, 8 p.m.; West Texas A&M at West Georgia, 8 p.m.

MY4 (WNYA) and MY4 HD — North Car­olina State at North Carolina, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Mike Hogewood).

FX and FX HD — UCLA at Arizona State, 3 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joel Klatt/Petros Papadakis).

Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 HD — Colorado at Oregon, 3 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Adam Archuleta/Yogi Roth); Washington State at Stanford, 6:15 p.m. (Rich Cellini/Coy Wire/Erin Coscarelli); Oregon State at Washington, 10:15 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Ryan Nece).

FOX23 and FOX23 HD — Texas Tech at Kansas State, 3:30 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Julie Alexandria).

CBS6 and CBS6 HD — Florida vs. Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).

ABC10 (WTEN) and ABC10 HD — Mich­igan State at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Notre Dame at Oklahoma, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).

SNY and SNY HD — Kent State at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Corey/Rene Ingoglia).

FOX College Sports Central — Southern Illinois at North Dakota State, 3:30 p.m.


ESPN and ESPN HD — Virginia Tech at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Steele).

ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Eastern Mich­igan at Ohio, 6 p.m.; Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky, 9:15 p.m.


ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Washington at California, 9 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Rod Gilmore/Jemele Hill).

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