Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hate the 'Gate Goes National

One day after announcing their mega-deal with the CBS Sports Network, the folks at the Patriot League had another surprise in the offing: that the October 29th clash between Colgate and Lehigh would be one of the two Patriot League games televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

Two of the most intriguing games of the Patriot League football season have been selected for national television coverage in 2011, as both the Massachusetts at Holy Cross matchup on Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. and the Lehigh at Colgate game on Oct. 29 at Noon will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

In other words, "Hate the 'Gate" goes national. (more)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Patriot League Cuts Ties With ESPN For CBS Sports Network

Make no mistake, it's a groundbreaker.

Earlier today, the Patriot League reached a new agreement with CBS Sports Network to show Patriot League sports contests on their network.

It's an eye opener on a multitude of levels, partially due to its impact on football coverage and some, um, interesting announcements about football coverage coming up in the next couple of days.

But the big story today involves the effect on basketball, where the Patriot League says goodbye to ESPN, the network that has carried the Patriot League men's basketball championship since 1991. (more)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Know Your 2011 Opponents: Monmouth

When most people think of West Long Branch, New Jersey, you don't necessarily think of Monmouth University.

You're more likely to think of reality shows.

You might think about the Jersey Shore - and, if not Snooki, perhaps Monmouth alum Anthony Beltempo, the creator of the mega-hit TV series on MTV.

You might even think of fellow Monmouth alums Stephenie LaGrossa or Katie Gallagher, who were runners-up on Survivor: Palau among other Survivor shows - and further cementing Monmouth University with the unenviable title of Reality Show U.

There's another legacy in West Long Branch, however, that's of much more concern to Lehigh football fans.

That legacy is Monmouth's growing football program - that lately has been producing a lot more than reality-show entertainment. Their reality show is played on Sundays, and it gets a heck of a lot more viewers than any show on MTV.(more)
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