FRISCO, Texas - Two Northwestern State home football games will kick off at 2 p.m. as part of the award-winning Southland Conference Television Network 10-game package this fall, league commissioner Tom Burnett has announced.
NSU already had listed 2 p.m. kickoffs for the Oct. 2 conference opener against McNeese, and the Nov. 13 home finale against Nicholls, but until the release of the entire Southland TV schedule could not acknowledge those afternoon kickoffs were required for television.
The Demons have five home games: Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. against Samford, Sept. 18 at 6 against Tarleton State, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. against McNeese, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. against Sam Houston State (homecoming) and Nov. 13 against Nicholls, kicking at 2.
Entering its third year of programming, the network has affiliate commitments from 14 stations in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, which improves the market reach over the previous two years.
"We are very excited to release our 2010 football broadcast schedule and an expanded list of affiliate stations in the Southland Conference's three-state region," Burnett said. "The Southland Network has continued to grow and more broadcasters have expressed interest in our programming. We are also very proud of new breakthrough over-the-air agreements in markets like Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and New Orleans."
Conference play starts Oct. 2 and the network will carry the McNeese State at NSU game that day. Other October games include Texas State at Southeastern Louisiana Oct. 9, Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin Oct. 16, Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State Oct. 23 at Reliant Stadium in Houston and Southeastern Louisiana at Central Arkansas Oct. 30.
The network will televise four games in November, including Central Arkansas at Texas State Nov. 6, Nicholls at Northwestern on Nov. 13, Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls on Thursday, Nov. 18, and a wild card game Nov. 20.
The league will determine that final matchup based on the conference race. The possible games include McNeese State at Central Arkansas, Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin and Texas State at Sam Houston State.