WMU News

Football games at Wisconsin, Iowa televised

Aug. 26, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's football team will appear on national cable television three times this season, beginning with its season opener at fourth-ranked Wisconsin on Aug. 31.

The WMU-UW contest will be produced by ESPN Regional, and carried live in the southwest Michigan area by WXMI-TV, Fox 17. For DirecTV subscribers, the game will be available on Midwest SportsChannel (channel 641). Game time is 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Western Michigan's Sept. 9 game at Iowa has been added to the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view package. ESPN GamePlan offers a full slate of Saturday games for $11.95. Persons interested in ordering GamePlan should contact their local cable or satellite company.

ESPN has also agreed to carry the Western Michigan-Marshall game on Oct. 5 from Huntington, W.V.a., as part of its Thursday night programing which reaches 76 million homes.

Gary Darnell's team will likely appear on cable two more times when FOX Sports Net releases its MAC package of games in the near future. This year's MAC Championship will also be carried live on ABC Sports on Dec. 2.

"Anytime you can go outside the boundaries of Kalamazoo with television, it helps in the development of your program," said head coach Gary Darnell, whose team appeared on television six times in 1999. "Television coverage is based on the quality of product you put out there, and we're playing at a high level."

For more information visit the Broncos on the Web at wmubroncos.com

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4122; daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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