RELEASE FROM GEORGIA SOUTHERN SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS:
Kickoff Times for Thursday Night ESPNU Broadcasts Set at 7:30 p.m. ET
The Eagles make two appearances on ESPNU.
STATESBORO, Ga. – Kickoff times for Georgia Southern’s two Thursday night games on ESPNU have been announced with both games set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern starts.
The Eagles’ Oct. 29 home game against Texas State and their Oct. 22 road contest at Appalachian State will be broadcast on the national network during prime time.
The network has also opted to exclusively distribute digitally on ESPN3 Georgia Southern’s home opener against Western Michigan Sept. 12, and the Eagles’ home contest against The Citadel Sept. 19. Both of those games will kick off at 6 p.m., and the contest against Western Michigan will mark the first visit by an FBS opponent to Paulson Stadium for a non-conference contest.
The ESPN3 broadcasts are accessible online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast (via the WatchESPN app), Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Broadcast times were announced Monday by ESPN and the Sun Belt Conference for the mid-week games and network scheduling for contests scheduled during the first three weeks of the season. Additional games may be added at a later date.
Georgia Southern games televised on ESPNU will be available in 150 million homes nationwide delivered via cable, satellite and video provider systems. Both ESPNU games also will be accessible on digital platforms via on WatchEspn through an affiliated video provider. Additional broadcast information and channels will be provided closer to the individual game days.
“It’s great for our athletic department, the football program, the University and Statesboro,” said Georgia Southern football coach Willie Fritz. “It’s national exposure. It’s like a three-hour infomercial on your University, football program and community. The big difference for us in recruiting this year is that all the coaches and players watched us on TV last year.”
Georgia Southern learned last week that its season opener against West Virginia will be played on television under the lights of Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown Saturday, Sept. 5. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and the contest will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and ROOT SPORTS – Pittsburgh.
The Eagles won the 2014 Sun Belt title in their first season in the league, finishing 8-0 in the conference and 9-3 overall. Georgia Southern returns 58 lettermen and 13 starters to the 2015 squad.