BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – On Thursday morning the Ohio Valley Conference revealed the first two matchups as part of the larger eight-game football “Game of the Week” package that will be carried on ESPN3 this fall. With the announcement, the University of Tennessee at Martin’s contest at Tennessee State on Saturday, Sept. 23 will serve as the first of eight contests in the series.
This matchup will mark the third consecutive year that the Skyhawks and Tigers will play in front of a national audience. Two years ago UT Martin topped Tennessee State 28-14 after scoring 28 unanswered points to close out the come-from-behind victory. In last season’s matchup, the Tigers would score a go-ahead touchdown with 18 seconds to play to secure a 34-30 victory.
This marks the fifth-straight season the league has produced the Game of the Week package in conjunction with Tupelo Raycom (formerly WebStream Sports). Tupelo Raycom, a Raycom Media company, brings together Tupelo-Honey (founded 1996) and WebStream Sports (2006). With offices in New York, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Nashville and Los Angeles the company develops new programming and delivers live events, music specials and branded features for broadcast, digital and in-venue entertainment.
Kevin Ingram, host of "The Wake Up Zone" on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, will handle play-by-play duties while Bob Belvin, on-air talent and contributor at 100.7 FM/AM 540 (ESPN Clarksville), will provide analysis. The duo has worked together each of the past five years in the league's TV package.
The OVC Football Game of the Week package is part of an overall multiyear agreement with ESPN which was announced in October 2013.
ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the ESPN App. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
All other Conference football games and non-conference home contests (approximately 36 games) will be available on the OVC Digital Network, the League's web streaming platform that produces high-definition webcasts that are available at no cost on any computer, tablet or smart phone as well as the Roku media player.