The Union hockey team is reaping the benefits of its run to the NCAA Frozen Four last season.
The Dutchmen, the two-time defending ECAC Hockey regular-season champions and defending ECACH tournament titlists, will appear twice on NBC Sports Network this season. There is one road game — at Princeton Jan. 11 — and one at Messa Rink — Feb. 1 against Dartmouth.
This will be the first time Union has appeared on NBCSN, which is starting its second season televising college hockey games.
The Dutchmen haven’t appeared on national TV during the regular season since a 5-0 loss at Yale on Dec. 5, 2010, a game televised by ESPNU. They made four appearances on ESPNU in the NCAA tournament the last two seasons.
Union has had plenty of TV exposure locally through Time Warner Cable Sports, and it will again this season, with five games slated to be televised. That schedule hasn’t been released.
“We’re tremendously honored to be on NBC Sports Network,” Union coach Rick Bennett said. “Maybe the past few years helped that. As a program and as a school, we’re very excited to have the opportunity.”
NBCSN will televise 24 games this season. It starts Oct. 12 with the Ice Breaker Tournament.
There will be four other ECACH games on NBCSN. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which was featured in two games last year, isn’t in the schedule this season.
Here is the schedule:
Ice Breaker Tournament — Oct. 12: Notre Dame vs. Maine, 7 p.m.; Army vs. Nebraska, TBD; Oct. 13: Final, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 — Harvard at Cornell, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 — Boston College at Boston
University, 7:30 p.m.; Wisconsin at Denver, 10 p.m.
Dec. 1 — Boston University at Boston College, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 — Michigan State at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 4 — Colorado College at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 — Union at Princeton, 7:30 p.m.; Nebraska-Omaha at Denver, 10 p.m.
Jan. 18 — Harvard at Yale, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 — Yale at Cornell, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 — Dartmouth at Union, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 — North Dakota at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 — Boston University at Maine, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 — Yale at Quinnipiac, 7:30 p.m.; North Dakota at Denver, 10 p.m.
March 1 — Wisconsin at Nebraska-
Omaha, 7:30 p.m.
March 8 — Maine at New Hampshire, 7:30 p.m.
Hockey East Tournament — March 15: Quarterfinal, 7 p.m.; March 22: Semifinals,
4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; March 23: Final 7 p.m.
u Peyton Manning’s return to the NFL brought viewers to NBC’S “Sunday Night Football.”
Manning, who led his new team, the Denver Broncos, to a 31-19 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, helped NBC earn a 16.5 rating and 26 share. It was the highest-rated “SNF” game ever, and tied the 2010 NFL Kickoff opener (Minnesota at New Orleans) as the highest-rated regular-season NFL game ever on NBC.
Manning missed all of last season for the Indianapolis Colts because of a neck injury. The Colts released him after the season.
u CBS announced Tuesday that it will help Sunday night viewers in navigating prime-time series time changes due to NFL overruns.
When CBS has NFL double-header broadcasts, like it will this Sunday, it will list the scheduled start times for its Sunday night series 30 minutes later in Eastern and Central time zones.
The late-afternoon double-header game start times were moved from 4:15 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. this season. With games lasting at least three hours, CBS’ Sunday night lineup is always pushed back.
Here is what the CBS’ Sunday nights will look like when it has double-header days: “60 Minutes” will start at 7:30 p.m. “Big Brother 14,” which ends Sept. 23, will be on at 8:30. “The Amazing Race” takes over Sept. 30. “The Good Wife” will be on at 9:30 p.m., and “The Mentalist” will start at 10:30 p.m.
Of course, if the games run longer than three hours, those shows will start later.
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:
FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX23 HD — Tampa Bay at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
CBS6 (WRGB) and CBS6 HD — Kansas City at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein); N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms).
NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD — Detroit at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Denver at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).
NFL Network and NFL HD — N,Y. Giants at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
ABC10 (WTEN) and ABC10 HD — California at Ohio State, noon (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Quint Kessenich); Navy at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Notre Dame at Michigan State, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Wake Forest at Florida State, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian
Griese/Jenn Brown); Florida at Tennessee, 6 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe); Texas at Mississippi, 9:15 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Jessica Mendoza).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Arkansas State at Nebraska, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Lewis Johnson); North Carolina at Louisville, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Danny Kanell/Maria Taylor); Arizona State at Missouri, 7 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Shelley Smith); BYU at Utah, 10 p.m. (Mark Neely/Ray Bentley/Paul Carcaterra).
ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi); Virginia at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Dan Hawkins); Western Kentucky at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Allison Williams); Howard at Norfolk State (same-day tape),
10:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker).
FX and FX HD — Texas Christian at Kansas, noon (Justin Kutcher/Eric Crouch/Darius Walker); Portland State at Washington, 4 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joel Klatt/Petros Papadakis).
MSG and MSG HD — Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).
MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Louisiana-Lafayette at Oklahoma State, noon (Joel Meyers/Brian Baldinger/Jim Knox); Texas A&M at SMU, 3:30 p.m. (Ron Thulin/Shaun King/Desmond Purnell); North Texas at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (Mike Morgan/JC Pearson/Laura McKeeman).
NBC Sports Network and NBCSN HD — William and Mary at Towson, noon (Todd Harris/Ross Tucker/Carolyn Manno); Miami (Ohio) at Boise State, 4 p.m. (Paul Burmeister/Rod Woodson/Anthony Herron).
CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — Northern Illinois at Army, noon (Ben Holden/Randy Cross/Brad Strimel); East Carolina at Southern Mississippi, 3:30 p.m. (Dave Ryan/Ron Zook/Evan Washburn); Colorado at Fresno State, 8 p.m. (James Bates/Aaron Taylor/Lauren Gardner).
Big Ten Network and BTN HD — Eastern Michigan at Purdue, noon (Kevin Kugler/Chris Martin/Rebecca Haarlow); Massachusetts at Michigan, 3:30 p.m. (Eric Collins/Derek Rackley/Lisa Byington); Utah State at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. (Matt Devlin/Glen Mason/Jay Wilson).
ESPN3 — Bethune-Cookman at Miami, noon (Drew Fellios/Doug Garber/Tiffany Green); Presbyterian at Vanderbilt, 12:30 p.m. (Bob Neal/Cole Cubelic); Furman at Clemson, 3 p.m. (Paul Kennedy/Keith Jones/Jenn Hildreth); Morgan State at Akron, 3:30 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/Jerod Cherry); South Alabama at North Carolina State, 6 p.m. (Bob Picozzi/Forrest Conoly/Sarah Stankavage); Rice at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. (Rich Hollenberg/Ralph Friedgen); Mississippi State at Troy, 7 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/John Bunting); Bowling Green at Toledo, 7 p.m. (Frank Giardina/TBD); Delaware State at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (Jim Barbar/John Gregory/Rontina McCann); UAB at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (Bob Rathbun/Tim Couch/Elizabeth Moreau); Florida Atlantic at Georgia, 7:30 p.m. (Matt Stewart/Chris Doering); Colorado State at San Jose State, 8 p.m. (Trey Bender/John Fina); Idaho at LSU, 8 p.m. (Doug Greengard/Rene Nadeau).
MY4, MY4 HD, SNY and SNY HD — Connecticut at Maryland, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Mike Hogewood).
Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 HD — Tennessee Tech at Oregon, 3 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Adam Archuleta/Yogi Roth); Houston at UCLA, 10:30 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Ryan Nece).
CBS6 and CBS6 HD — Alabama at Arkansas, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
Time Warner Cable Sports-3 and TWCS-3 HD — Stony Brook at Syracuse, 4 p.m. (Mark Larson/Dale Drypolcher/Danny Liedka); Rochester at St. John Fisher, 7 p.m. (Rich Funke/Mark Kreydt).
FOX College Sports Pacific — New Mexico at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (Mike Gleason/Ben Leber/Lesley McCaslin).
FOX College Sports Central — Sam Houston State at Baylor, 7 p.m. (Steve Physioc/Gary Reasons/Emily Jones).
FOX23 and FOX23 HD — Southern California at Stanford, 7:30 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Julie Alexandria).
ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Kent State at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (Eamon McAnaney/David Diaz-Infante/Paul Carcaterra).
ESPNU — Arkansas Pine Bluff at Alabama State, 7:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker).
CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — Truman State at Central Missouri State, 8 p.m.
ESPN and ESPN HD — BYU at Boise State, 9 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Steele).
ESPNU — Georgetown at Princeton, 7 p.m.
ESPN and ESPN HD — Baylor at Louisiana-Monroe, 9 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Rod Gilmore/Jemele Hill).
Today is day 3,238 in the dispute between NFL Network and Time Warner Cable.