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C-USA announces five TV games for Raiders

Home national broadcasts vs ECU, Marshall

May 7, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - As announced by Conference USA today, five Middle Tennessee football games in 2013 have been selected for television as part of the league package. The Blue Raiders will have two national broadcasts on Fox and three regionally on CSS.

The Blue Raiders will open their C-USA television schedule with appearances on CSS in back-to-back weekends in September. MT will host in-state rival Memphis Sept. 14 on CSS and will be on the network the following Saturday at Florida Atlantic. The FAU contest will be Middle Tennessee's opening C-USA game.

Middle Tennessee's two national broadcasts will both be at home against East Carolina on Oct. 5 and Marshall on Oct. 24. The Blue Raiders and Pirates will be meeting for the first time in school history as the home team plays its opening C-USA game in Floyd Stadium on Homecoming. Kickoff time may not be available until 12 days out.

"We are thrilled to have our first C-USA home game on national television against a talented East Carolina program," said Director of Athletics Chris Massaro. "With it also being homecoming, the atmosphere should be tremendous for our fans, alumni, and students.

"Then to host another national game against a tradition-rich program like Marshall just a few weeks later will cap off a great month of football."

The Thundering Herd and Blue Raiders will kickoff at 6:30 PM Central for a Thursday night special under the lights. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1994.

The final broadcast will be on CSS when the Blue Raiders travel to Southern Miss on Nov. 23 to face the Golden Eagles. The two teams last met in the 2009 New Orleans Bowl with the Blue Raiders taking a 42-32 win.

Middle Tennessee is also expected to have televised games against North Carolina and BYU, but those will be announced at a later date.

The current Conference USA schedule features more than 50 games to air nationally or regionally, with additional games to be added prior to the start of the season. National games will be televised on Fox Sports Net (FSN), CBS Sports Network and ESPN. Included are several unopposed windows that provide tremendous exposure to C-USA, as well as numerous exciting league match-ups, and many challenging non-conference contests.

The 2013 football season marks the third year of a multi-platform media rights agreement between Conference USA and FOX Sports Media Group broadcasting a minimum of 20 games. This season, FOX Sports 1, FOX's new national sports cable network launching this August, is scheduled to televise a minimum of 10 regular-season Conference USA football games. Additional games will again be carried nationally on FOX Sports Networks owned-and-affiliated regional networks which reach more than 85 million homes and FOX College Sports.

This season marks the ninth year of C-USA's partnership with CBS Sports Network that includes significant national and regional exposure for football, men's and women's basketball and other C-USA sports. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports and is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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