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The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will announce this week a new agreement with ESPN to livestream regular season football games and the SIAC football championship on its digital broadcast platform, ESPN3.
The multi-year agreement will feature select conference matchups beginning with an Oct. 14 matchup between Albany State University and Morehouse College.
“We are excited about our partnership relationship with ESPN,” said Gregory Moore, Commissioner, SIAC. “Over the past several years, the SIAC Council of Presidents have made significant investments towards building and cultivating our member schools digital and social media assets. That fact, coupled with the SIAC leadership in average football attendance for 14 consecutive years, makes ESPN3 the perfect partner platform to provide SIAC member schools and student-athletes with national exposure opportunities.”
The agreement models similar livestream broadcast partnerships with the Division I historically black Mid-Eastern Athletic Southwestern Athletic Conferences.
ESPN President John Skipper added, “ESPN’s multiple platforms provide national exposure for a broad array of live sports, and we are happy to add these SIAC games to our offerings. Through these collaborations with schools across the country, we serve even more fans by showcasing the events that they want to watch.”
The broadcast schedule includes:
Saturday, October 14 – Morehouse College vs. Albany State University – 2 p.m. ET
Saturday, October 21 – Albany State University vs. Clark Atlanta University – 2 p.m. ET
Thursday, October 26 – Clark Atlanta University vs. Miles College – 6 p.m. CT
Saturday, November 4 – Miles College vs. Tuskegee University – 1: p.m. CT
Saturday, November 11 –- 2017 SIAC Football Championship – TBD
Officials from the National Basketball Players Association, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Southwestern Athletic Conference today announced the creation of a new ‘top 100’ camp, designed to give increased exposure and development to players from historically black programs.
Active and retired NBA players will style the camp after the NBA’s current ‘Top 100’ program, but will offer the weeklong-combine exclusively to HBCU players July 20-23 at Morehouse College.
Officials called the historic partnership between the NBA and historically black colleges a natural collaboration, given the mission of the schools and the work of the association to improving skills and professional prospects for collegiate athletes.
“Historically Black Colleges and Universities often provide crucial “first chance” opportunities to professional athletes seeking coaching and administrator opportunities in intercollegiate athletics,” said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore. “This initiative seeks to cultivate, institutionalize and ultimately broaden critically important talent pipelines, while also imparting invaluable skill instruction and mentoring to our student-athletes.”
“A key component of the camp will be the education series for the campers. The series will feature leadership development, understanding of off-the-court responsibilities and providing an overall educational experience the participants will be able to draw upon for the rest of their lives,” said Moore.
“The Southwestern Athletic Conference is honored to work with the leadership and members of the NBPA, as well as the SIAC, to bring this incredible opportunity to our stakeholders,” said SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp. “The most fulfilling piece to this is an opportunity for these future leaders to develop their academic and character compass, as they embark on their future on and off the court.”
The camp will invite 25 players from each conference for participation. The partnership is the third major initiative from professional sports leagues to engage HBCU communities following NASCAR’s professional recruitment initiative launched in 2006, and the NFL’s similar initiative launched in 2016.
The NBPA camp is the first scouting and training program to outreach directly to HBCUs, which have yielded just one NBA Draft selection in the last 14 years (Norfolk State’s Kyle O’Quinn in 2012).
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will offer exclusive broadcasts on ASPiRE TV for the second straight year, the conference today announced.
SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore praised the network for its role in expanding the brand to households throughout the country.
“We are very excited to continue this important broadcast partnership with ASPiRE,” SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore said. “We look forward to and appreciate the additional exposure this agreement will provide to both SIAC student-athletes and member institutions.”
The broadcast schedule includes three football classics and the conference football championship, with Fort Valley State University appearing twice on the fall slate.
Sunday, September 5 – Fort Valley State vs. Miles – 4 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 – Morehouse vs. Tuskegee – 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 – Albany State vs. Fort Valley State – 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 – SIAC Football Championship – 6 p.m.
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