Friday, August 23, 2013

What's new for CFB on TV in 2013

I realize I missed a few items.  Here's what came to mind immediately re: changes to CFB telecasts for 2013.

* Changes at FOX

  • FOX - Only one game per Saturday, with the exception of Championship Saturday.
  • F/X - No more football
  • FSN - A slightly lighter schedule of FOX produced national games
  • FOX Sports 1 - They've gained a few of the FOX broadcast telecasts plus the games from F/X and a decent number of games that appeared previously on FSN.  Usually will have a Thursday night game, plus 2-3 games every Saturday.
  • FOX Sports Go - The new online component to FOX Sports gets an incomplete because it wasn't ready to go with FOX Sports 1.
* Regional Sports Networks & Syndication
  • MSG & YES - These two will split the ACC RSN package.
  • ROOT Sports Pittsburgh - Will show the ACC RSN package
  • SportsTime Ohio - Purchased by FOX at the end of 2012.  Per their September TV schedule, they will carry a few ACC RSN and FOX produced FSN telecasts
  • MASN or MASN2 - May have become an affiliate of FSN
  • ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain & Northwest - The new regional rightsholder to Mountain West sports
  • Final season of syndicated telecasts for the American Athletic Conference & SEC.  SEC is expected to move their content to the new 24/7 SEC Network in the summer of 2014.  The American has had some of its content sublicensed to CBS Sports Network starting with 2013-14 for basketball, 2014 for football.
* National items of note
  • ESPNEWS will carry some games, at least at the beginning of the season.  They'll have a presence during college basketball too.
  • WatchABC will be available for some to stream national ABC games to their laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
  • As of this date, no games involving FBS teams on NBCSN, which is the new moniker NBC Sports Network is branding itself as.  The Mountain West took their games elsewhere and the chase for the rights to the conference now known as the American Athletic Conference ended up with them on the outside looking in.
  • RIP ESPN 3D.  At least for now.
  • CBS picked up the Mountain West championship game rights for the next two years and I believe an option for a third.  
* Conference related items
  • Mountain West - More games on CBS Sports Network, a new package on ESPN, the previously mentioned regional package on ROOT Sports and a streaming package managed by Campus Insiders.  The streaming package will have an exclusive package of games, plus the out-of-market rights to ROOT Sports games along with any other games provided to it by the conference's schools.
  • Patriot League - A new Campus Insiders video package that most schools will take advantage of.
  • WAC - RIP as a football conference.
  • MAC - Moves to Time Warner Cable for a regional TV partner

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