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October 2nd, 2008
Texas State football team to play first football game on new Southland Conference Television Network

Kickoff time for Texas State’s game vs. Texas Southern Changed To 5:00 p.m. on Saturday

San Marcos, Texas- Texas State University will play in the first live broadcast of a football game on the new Southland Conference Television network when the Bobcats play host to Texas Southern University this Saturday, Oct. 4. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 5:00 p.m. on Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium, which is located on the Texas State campus.

As one of the nation’s newest and innovative broadcast opportunities, the Southland Conference Television Network will televise 36 events during the 2008-09 academic year.. A total of eight football games, 16 basketball contests along with the SLC volleyball and baseball tournament championship games will be featured on the network that will serve numerous television stations and cable systems in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. In addition, the network package includes “Inside the Southland Conference,” a nine-episode monthly magazine show that highlights each of the league’s 12 campuses and their surrounding communities.

Originally, the network was supposed to make its debut at the Grambling State-Northwestern State game on Sept. 14, but safety concerns related to Hurricane Ike forced that game to be postponed, making Saturday’s game between Texas State and Texas Southern the initial broadcast.

The Texas State-Texas Southern game will be carried live on Time Warner Cable Ch. 77 in Austin, San Marcos and other surrounding communities that are serviced by the TWC Austin. Additionally, the telecast will be carried live in the Waco area on Time Warner Ch. 15 and shown exclusively on the Texas State campus on Channel 17.

In San Antonio, Time Warner Cable viewers can see the game on Fox College Sports Central, Ch. 261, on the digital sports package. The game also will be available nationally through Fox College Sports’ access on DirecTV, Ch. 617.

The Southland Conference TV Network can be seen on nine affiliates around the conference’s three-state area, including in Louisiana on KWCE in Alexandria, WBTR in Baton Rouge, KVHP in Lake Charles and on KPXJ in Shreveport. Other affiliates include KKYK in Little Rock, Ark.; and in Texas on KTBU in Houston, Texas, KFDM (on Time Warner Cable Ch. 35) in Beaumont, Texas, and MYTX in Tyler, Texas. Additionally, seven games can be seen nationally on Fox College Sports.

Following the game and throughout Texas, the broadcast will be available on Time Warner’s Video-On-Demand service.

Doug Anderson will handle play-by-play duties and LaDarrin McClane will be the color analyst. Dave Knobler, the host of “Inside the Southland Conference,” also serves as the sideline reporter during game telecasts. SLC NOW will cover live audio/video streaming of all SLC TV Network telecasts for subscribers on southland.org. For more information about the network, please visit www.southland.org.

Texas State enters the game with a 2-2 record, while Texas Southern is 3-2 this season after winning its last three games.

by RICK POULTER
Sports Information Director

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