ASU To Be Featured on ABC's Saturday Night College Football
May 16, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University Sun Devil football team will be featured on ABC's Saturday Night College Football this season when the network begins broadcasting college football in primetime, a network television first. ABC Saturday Night College Football, featuring showdowns between top programs, will highlight the network's 41st season of extensive college football coverage. The Sun Devils will face the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Coliseum on October 14th on ABC, with kickoff at 5 p.m. PT. The game will also be broadcast on ABC HD, the network's high definition channel.
ABC Saturday Night College Football will be hosted by veterancommentator Brent Musburger, a leading play-by-play voice who has workednumerous college and professional championships, and analyst Bob Davie,who was in the booth for ESPN College Football Saturday Primetimetelecasts and the National Championship Rose Bowl on ESPN Radio lastseason. They will be joined by ESPN College GameDay and ESPN CollegeFootball Thursday Primetime analyst Kirk Herbstreit on certain weeks.Lisa Salters, an NBA sideline reporter and general assignmentcorrespondent for multiple ESPN news outlets, will report from thesidelines. Herbstreit's presence in the ABC Saturday Night CollegeFootball booth will depend on the College GameDay site, which willcontinue to originate from the day's best game and be selected on aweek-to-week basis.
'This primetime series will be terrific for fans as more top-qualitysports product comes to the ABC Television Network,' said GeorgeBodenheimer, president, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports. 'These games join astrong lineup of sports on ABC, including the NBA Finals, NASCAR'splayoffs -- Chase for the Nextel Cup -- in 2007, Belmont Stakes andIndianapolis 500.'
Marquee matchups from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, BIG EAST and Pac-10 aswell as Notre Dame will be offered each week. Similar to ABC Sports'Saturday afternoon coverage, select ABC Saturday Night College Footballbroadcasts will feature split-national coverage with multiple games inone window. Much of the schedule has been determined (see below) andadditional games from the Big 12, ACC or BIG EAST - where a 12-dayselection is permitted for primetime games - will be chosen during theseason. This year's primetime schedule does not include games onOctober 21 and 28.
COLLEGE GAMEDAY TO ORIGINATE FROM GEORGIA TECH AND TEXASCollege GameDay will kick off its 20th season by originating from thesite of the first two ABC primetime telecasts: Notre Dame at GeorgiaTech September 2 and Ohio State at Texas September 9.
This year will mark the 13th consecutive season College GameDay willoriginate from the site of the day's best game (generally announced theMonday before the game). Chris Fowler hosts the popular Saturdaymorning news and analysis show with analysts Lee Corso and Herbstreitand contributor Desmond Howard.
'The combined resources of ABC and ESPN offer unparalleled coverage ofthe sporting world and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to addunprecedented coverage of college football to our primetime schedule,'said Stephen McPherson, President of ABC Entertainment. 'Collegefootball has extremely devoted fans and we look forward to bringing theexcitement of the game to them on Saturday nights this fall.'
John Skipper, executive vice president, content, ESPN added, 'ESPN andABC are leaders in serving the college football fan through extensivein-depth coverage and innovative scheduling. Based on the success ofprimetime games on ABC in past years, creating ABC Saturday NightCollege Football was the next logical step. Thanks to the cooperationof the conferences and their member institutions, the primetime gamewill complement ESPN and ESPN2's existing Saturday night games whileproviding marquee matchups from this great sport.'
Schedule highlights of announced games include:
* Defending National Champion Texas against Ohio State, 2005 BigTen Conference co-champion and winners of last year's Fiesta Bowl,September 9;* Appearances by Fiesta Bowl participant Notre Dame, including atGeorgia Tech to kick off the series September 2 and the 78th meetingagainst USC, a participant in last year's Rose Bowl, November 25;* USC, the National Championship winner two of the last threeyears, at home against Alamo Bowl champion Nebraska September 16;* Traditional power Michigan at Big Ten Conference co-championPenn State, coming off an Orange Bowl win, October 14;
Rose Bowl, Weekly Action Highlight 2006 Season On ABCABC, the broadcast leader in college football, will once again offer anextensive weekly schedule of top college football in 2006 capped off bythe Capital One Bowl and Rose Bowl Game doubleheader January 1, 2007.Similar to last year, this year's lineup will feature 31 windows andinclude the day's best action from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, BIG EASTand Pac-10. ABC Sports' coverage of the 2006 National ChampionshipRose Bowl game was the highest-rated college football game since 1987with a 21.7 average rating. Last year's regular-season coverageaveraged 4,527,000 impressions and a 4.1 rating, marking increases of 6%(vs. 4,258,000) and 5% (vs. 3.9) over 2004.
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