Mountain West and CBS Sports Network Increase National Television Exposure for Conference’s 2012 Football Season Through Deals with NBC Sports Network and ESPN
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West released its football national television schedule for the 2012 season today and it currently features a minimum of 25 games on a variety of nationally-distributed networks.
The Mountain West moves into a new era and television structure in 2012, with a new agreement with CBS Sports Network, to increase national exposure for the conference’s football programs. CBS Sports Network, the Conference’s rights holder, will sub-license games to NBC Sports Network and ESPN.
CBS Sports Network is scheduled to air eight games from the MW package and the CBS Television Network will broadcast the Navy at Air Force game on Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning at 9:30 a.m. MT. NBC Sports Network will televise 10 contests. ESPN or ESPN2 will telecast four games.
“This is the first phase of plans for the 2012-13 academic year,” said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. “We are working with CBS Sports Network and member institutions to map out regional and local plans for the remaining 2012 football inventory. We anticipate announcing additional telecasts from these efforts in the coming weeks.”
The Mountain West season kicks off on Thursday, August 30 with UNLV hosting Minnesota on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. PT. Newcomers Nevada and Hawai‘i will help open the Conference schedule in Honolulu on Saturday, Sept. 22 with a 4:30 p.m. HT telecast on NBC Sports Network.
The current national television schedule also includes two non-conference road games. On Friday, August 31, Boise State faces Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Service academy rivals Air Force and Army faceoff in West Point, N.Y., on Saturday, November 3 at Noon ET on CBS Sports Network. The MW anticipates additional television and kick time information for non-conference road games once those conferences finalize their schedules later this summer.
Mountain West Conference membership in the fall of 2012 will include the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Hawai‘i, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, UNLV and University of Wyoming.
Below is a listing of current Mountain West television games for the 2012 season.
2012 MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE
(as of May 3, 2012)
Date Game TV Time
Thur., Aug. 30 Minnesota at UNLV CBS Sports Network 8 p.m. PT
Fri., Aug. 31 Boise State at Michigan State ESPN 8 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 8 South Florida at Nevada CBS Sports Network 12:30 p.m. PT
Sat., Sept. 8 Army at San Diego State NBC Sports Network 4:30 p.m. PT
Fri., Sept. 14 Washington State at UNLV ESPN 6 p.m. PT
Sat., Sept 15 Miami-Ohio at Boise State NBC Sports Network 2 p.m. MT
Sat., Sept. 15 Colorado at Fresno State CBS Sports Network 5 p.m. PT
Thur., Sept. 20 BYU at Boise State ESPN TBD
Sat., Sept. 22 Nevada at Hawai‘i* NBC Sports Network 4:30 p.m. HT / 1:30 p.m. PT
Sat., Oct. 6 Navy at Air Force CBS 9:30 a.m. MT
Sat., Oct. 6 Hawai‘i at San Diego State* CBS Sports Network 5 p.m. PT
Sat., Oct. 13 Fresno State at Boise State* NBC Sports Network 1:30 p.m. MT
Sat., Oct. 20 UNLV at Boise State* NBC Sports Network 1:30 p.m. MT
Sat., Oct. 20 San Diego State at Nevada* CBS Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT
Fri., Oct, 26 Nevada at Air Force* CBS Sports Network 6 p.m. MT
Sat., Oct. 27 Boise State at Wyoming* CBS Sports Network 1:30 p.m. MT
Sat., Nov. 3 Air Force at Army CBS Sports Network Noon ET
Sat., Nov. 3 San Diego State at Boise State* CBS Sports Network 8:30 p.m. MT
Sat., Nov. 10 Air Force at San Diego State* NBC Sports Network 12:30 p.m. PT
Sat., Nov. 10 Boise State at Hawai‘i* NBC Sports Network 2 p.m. HT / 6 p.m. MT
Sat., Nov. 10 Fresno State at Nevada* NBC Sports Network 7:30 p.m. PT
Fri., Nov. 16 Hawai‘i at Air Force* ESPN2 7:30 p.m. MT
Sat., Nov. 17 Colorado State at Boise State* NBC Sports Network 1:30 p.m. MT
Sat., Nov. 24 Air Force at Fresno State* NBC Sports Network 12:30 p.m. PT
Sat., Dec. 1 Boise State at Nevada* ABC or ESPN or ESPN2 TBD
All dates and game times local to site and subject to change.
*Mountain West Game