FRISCO — The second season of Southland Conference Television Network programming will feature more than 30 live events, including 11 football telecasts in 2009, league commissioner Tom Burnett announced Tuesday.
“We’re very excited about the second season of Southland Network programming,” Burnett said. “The league had more total television productions in 2008-09 than ever before, and the Network will feature even more live football this year.”
The 11-game football broadcast schedule begins on Sept. 3 and features three games involving Texas State. The network kicks off its second season on Sept. 3, with a Thursday evening contest between Western Illinois and Sam Houston State. That will be followed by the North Dakota at Northwestern State game on Sept. 19.
Texas State will make its first appearance in the second season on Sept. 26 when the Bobcats play host to Texas Southern at 6:00 p.m. The Bobcats will also have two more games televised in November when Texas State travels to Central Arkansas on Nov. 7 and returns home to play host to McNeese State on November 14.
The Southland Conference opener on the network will feature McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin on Oct. 10. SFA’s game at Central Arkansas on Oct. 17 will also be televised.
The other televised games include Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese State on Oct. 24, along with Nicholls at Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 19. In addition, the Network will broadcast a “wildcard” game on the last regular-season date, Nov. 21. The matchup will be determined as the conference race develops. All televised games will kickoff at 6 p.m., Central.
The Network, which was an unknown quantity a year ago, quickly blossomed into an exciting and valuable programming option for local television stations and cable systems, as well as national cable and satellite subscribers.
“We could have never imagined the fantastic response the Network has received from our affiliates, sponsors and viewers during the first year,” Burnett added. “It’s obvious that this is desired programming, and we look forward to televising more and more.
Jeff Watts Productions (JWP) of Fort Worth, Texas, will again serve as the lead production company for the Southland Network. JWP began operations in 1986, and during the last two decades has created more than 1,000 original programs, including sports, travel, outdoors and corporate marketing programs.
The Southland Network expects to announce affiliate agreements in the coming weeks. Additionally, the broadcast schedules for basketball and other sports will be released at a later date.
2009 Southland Conference Television Network Football Broadcast Schedule
Thu., Sept. 3, Western Illinois at Sam Houston State, 6 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 19, North Dakota at Northwestern State, 6 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 26, Texas Southern at Texas State, 6 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 10, McNeese State at Stephen F. Austin, 6 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 17, Stephen F. Austin at Central Arkansas, 6 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 24, Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese State, 6 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 31, Northwestern State at Sam Houston State, 6 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 7, Texas State at Central Arkansas, 6 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 14, McNeese State at Texas State, 6 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 19, Nicholls State at Southeastern Louisiana, 6 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 21, Wildcard Game (Teams TBD), 6 p.m.
All Times Central and Subject to Change