SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference released the full broadcast package for the upcoming 2015 football season today (July 20). League teams will have a minimum of 58 exposures across five different linear and digital platforms during the 2015 season and a total of 22 conference games will be available on either ESPN3 or the American Sports Network this fall.
In addition to the league’s joint venture with ESPN3, the conference is in the second year of an agreement with the American Sports Network (ASN), an initiative launched by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. The league’s contract with ASN calls for football, basketball and select Olympic sports to be televised.
Additional games and broadcast outlets will be announced during the season, while all Southern Conference home games that are not on ESPN3 or ASN will be available through the SoCon Digital Network (SDN), which launched in 2014.
The first broadcast of the season is set for Thursday, Sept. 3, when VMI visits Ball State in a game that can be seen on ESPN3. The first conference game of the season available through ESPN3 is on Sept. 12, when Western Carolina visits The Citadel.
Last season’s champion, Chattanooga, visits Samford on Sept. 19 in the first of three games that will be available on ASN.
The final weekend of the regular season features all three league games being broadcast. Western Carolina visits VMI and Samford travels to Mercer in games that will be shown on ESPN3. ASN will televise the matchup between Wofford and Furman.
ESPN3 is available in approximately 75 million homes to fans who receive their Internet connection from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel. ESPN3 programming is also available to subscribers through Xbox LIVE and through the free WatchESPN app available on smartphones and tablets. The WatchESPN app is also available through Apple TV and Roku video players.
The American Sport Network consists of commercial TV stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group and reaches close to 40 percent of all TV households in the United States with 167 stations in 77 markets. A full list of ASN affiliates will be announced each week.
2015 Southern Conference Football Broadcast Schedule
Date Teams Time Outlet
Sept. 3 VMI at Ball State 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sept. 5 Wofford at Clemson 12:30 p.m. ACC RSN
Sept. 5 Davidson at The Citadel 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sept. 5 Coastal Carolina at Furman7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sept. 12 *WCU at The Citadel 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sept. 12 Furman at Virginia Tech 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Sept. 12 Stetson at Mercer TBA ESPN3
Sept. 12 Morehead State at VMI 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Sept. 19 Furman at UCF 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sept. 19 *UTC at Samford 3:30 p.m. American Sports Network
Sept. 19 WCU at Tennessee 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Sept. 26 Charleston So. at The Citadel6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Sept. 26 *VMI at Furman 3:00 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 3 South Carolina St. at Furman7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 3 *Wofford at Mercer TBA ESPN3
Oct. 3 Bucknell at VMI 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 3 Presbyterian at WCU 3:30 p.m. ESPN3/WMYA-TV
Oct. 10 *Wofford at The Citadel 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 10 *Furman at UTC 1:00 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 10 *Mercer at WCU 3:30 p.m. American Sports Network
Oct. 10 *Samford at VMI 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 17 ETSU at Mercer TBA ESPN3
Oct. 17 *Chattanooga at VMI 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 17 *WCU at Wofford 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 24 *The Citadel at Furman 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 24 *VMI at Mercer TBA ESPN3
Oct. 31 *Mercer at The Citadel 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 31 *Western Carolina at UTC 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
Oct. 31 *Wofford at VMI 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Nov. 7 *VMI at The Citadel 2:00 p.m. ESPN3
Nov. 7 *Chattanooga at Mercer TBA ESPN3
Nov. 14 *Mercer at Furman 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Nov. 14 *Samford at Wofford 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Nov. 21 *Furman at Wofford 3:30 p.m. American Sports Network
Nov. 21 *Samford at Mercer TBA ESPN3
Nov. 21 *Western Carolina at VMI 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
*denotes Southern Conference game