Skip to main content

No Patriot League Football Games Planned In CBS Sports Network Coverage in 2015

The CBS Sports Network and the Patriot League go way back.

The first major media agreement the Patriot League had was with the network, CBS' stand-alone national network partner that used to be called CSTV.

For many years, CBS Sports Network carried as many as three Patriot League football games on the channel during the course of a season.

In 2015, however, that streak of nationally-televised Patriot League football games on the network seems like it will be coming to an end.

"Unless something major changes there will not be any through the Patriot League package this year," the Patriot League office told me.


It's hard to escape the deep feeling of disappointment I have in CBS Sports' decision to not televise any football games.

Over the years I've used the CBS Sports Network broadcasts to either watch Lehigh games or keep tabs on the other teams in the Patriot League.  Just last year the network broadcast two critical Fordham games, one vs. Lafayette and one vs. Bucknell, and I watched them both.

I've always appreciated the games, as I have appreciated the other coverage the network has provided in men's and women's basketball and lacrosse.

But I feel this denial of football broadcast coverage hurts Patriot League football as a whole, denying people around the country the ability to easily set their DVRs to check out the best teams in the Patriot League.  Whether FCS Top 25 voters will go the extra mile to log into CampusInsiders.com and watch the live streaming of multiple Patriot League football games I cannot say, but I am not very optimistic.

Instead of feeling like a celebration of renewing the relationship between CBS College Sports and the Patriot League, to me it instead feels like the end of an era.

The Patriot League's press release regarding the renewal of their TV contract is below.

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League and CBS Sports Network announced Monday a multi-year television deal in which the Network will air Patriot League men's and women's basketball and men's lacrosse as well as a variety of other sports, extending their 13-year relationship.

The deal provides for a minimum of 24 total live events in each year of the agreement, and maintains the League's presence on CBS Sports Network for tournaments in men's basketball, women's basketball and men's lacrosse. CBS Sports Network will televise the semifinals and championship of the Patriot League Men's Basketball and Men's Lacrosse Tournaments as well as the championship game of the Women's Basketball Tournament.

"We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with CBS Sports Network," said Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich. "The multi-year deal provides an opportunity to showcase multiple Patriot League sports and student-athletes while maintaining a national television presence for our highest-profile League tournaments."

"We have had a long, successful partnership with the Patriot League and we are pleased to continue our relationship," said Dan Weinberg, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. "This deal provides us the opportunity to showcase an exciting slate of regular and post-season action across a variety of sports throughout the year and continue highlighting the accomplished student athletes that make up the conference."

CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League's athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Fifteen Guys Who Might be Lehigh's Next Football Coach (and Five More)

If you've been following my Twitter account, you might have caught some "possibilities" as Lehigh's next head football coach like Lou Holtz, Brett Favre and Bo Pelini.  The chance that any of those three guys actually are offered and accept the Lehigh head coaching position are somewhere between zero and zero.  (The full list of my Twitter "possibilities" are all on this thread on the Lehigh Sports Forum.)

However the actual Lehigh head football coaching search is well underway, with real names and real possibilities.

I've come up with a list of fifteen possible names, some which I've heard whispered as candidates, others which might be good fits at Lehigh for a variety of reasons.

UPDATE: I have found five more names of possible head coaches that I am adding to this list below.

Who are the twenty people?  Here they are, in alphabetical order.

How The Ivy League Is Able To Break the NCAA's Scholarship Limits and Still Consider Themselves FCS

By now you've seen the results.  In 2018, the Ivy League has taken the FCS by storm.

Perhaps it was Penn's 30-10 defeat of Lehigh a couple of weeks ago.  Or maybe it was Princeton's 50-9 drubbing of another team that made the FCS Playoffs last year, Monmouth.  Or maybe it was Yale's shockingly dominant 35-14 win over nationally-ranked Maine last weekend.

The Ivy League has gone an astounding 12-4 so far in out-of-conference play, many of those wins coming against the Patriot League.

But it's not just against the Patriot League where the Ivy League has excelled. 

Every Ivy League school has at least one out-of-conference victory, which is remarkable since it is only three games into their football season. 

The four losses - Rhode Island over Harvard, Holy Cross over Yale, Delaware over Cornell, and Cal Poly over Brown - were either close losses that could have gone either way or expected blowouts of teams picked to be at the bottom of the Ivy League.

Why the Ivy Le…

Remembering Andy Coen's Time As Head Coach As He Steps Down as Lehigh Football Head Coach To Address Health Issue

I read the announcement that head coach Andy Coen was stepping down as head football coach late Friday evening.

It was an announcement that I was expecting, to some degree. 

Those of use who have been following the program closely knew that something was amiss with Andy. 

And yet, the reason for him needing to step down was devastating.

"Life has thrown me a curveball," Coen said in the press release on Friday, December 7th, 2018. "I am in the early stages [of early onset Alzheimer's disease] and it is best for me to eliminate stress and concentrate on my health and well-being.  My wife, Laura, and my children, Molly, Nolan and Finn have supported me throughout my career and are my biggest fans.  This is a very difficult decision for all of us, but it is what is best at this time."

It was the gutting, pit-in-the-stomach diagnosis nobody wanted to be true.  Just like that, a bigger challenge than simply winning football games faces the man who has been heading …