Earlier today, MASN announced a renewed partnership with the Pirates where they will be carrying eight games throughout the 2009 East Carolina football season. This is big news for the Pirates and its fans as we set sail into a new year filled with great opportunities to get into the national spotlight.
“We are excited to renew our broadcast partnership with MASN,” ECU Director of Athletics Terry Holland said. “The tremendous television exposure that MASN provides, throughout the network’s seven-state territory, benefits our fans and our alumni, and gives our recruiting efforts a shot in the arm.”
Holland is right. We have just gotten an opportunity to be able to gain exposure from Charlotte, NC all the way up to Harrisburg, PA. Tons of sports fans and prospective students & players will be able to watch the Pirates play as we strengthen our brand with some fantastic exposure.We are also going to be getting pre-game coverage for home games and some marketing opportunities on their channels.
(Editor’s Note: They have one of the most awesome commercials in which Ray Lewis comes out and says, “This ain’t no party. This ain’t no disco. This ain’t no foolin’ around.” I am still trying to find it on the Interwebs and I hope they still have that :30 spot rolling this year!)
Of the eight games that will be carried by MASN, three of those games will be broadcast live and the remaining five will be on a delayed broadcast. Of the five delayed broadcast games, two of those will be home games so I am guessing that you will be in your seat at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and will be pretty happy to get home and be able to watch it again.
You may have heard about some on-going issues with Time Warner Cable involving MASN. Basically, Time Warner Cable is doing what a lot of international conglomerates do and trying to bully the new kid because they are scared of them. I am going to write a post with more detail on this issue but I wanted to get the great news about MASN and ECU first. If you want to find out some more stuff about the Time Warner Cable (and SuddenLink) issues, check out PlayBallNow.org which is a site owned by MASN addressing some of the issues that it has faced while trying to get into North Carolina.
MASN is proud to say that it is North Carolina’s home for NCAA football and basketball featuring ECU, UNCW, UNCC, Davidson, Western Carolina, Appalachian State, Winthrop, Gardner-Webb, Wake Forest, Elon, UNCA and High Point games. MASN will televise this season’s ECU football match-ups with Appalachian State, North Carolina, UCF, SMU, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Tulsa, and UAB.
“Coach Holtz and ECU have built an impressive football program in recent years and MASN is excited about this partnership,” said MASN spokesman Todd Webster. “Fans throughout North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic will look forward to watching the Pirates this season on MASN.”
For those of you that have satellite or one of the fan-friendly cable providers that carries MASN, you are in luck because you will be Arrrggghhh!!!-ing with the Pirates pretty much all season. I am moving into a new apartment next month and you will be beaming a dish out to space to pick up the Pirates and can’t wait to see the Pirates when they are playing games to far for me to travel on a recent grad’s budget.
MASN’s Schedule of ECU Pirates Football includes:
September 5th: ECU vs. Appalachian State (Live at 12:00 p.m.)
September 19th: ECU @ North Carolina (Delayed Broadcast)
September 26th: ECU vs. UCF (Delayed Broadcast)
October 10th: ECU @ SMU (Live at 8:00 p.m.)
October 27th: ECU @ Memphis (Delayed Broadcast)
November 5th: ECU vs. Virginia Tech (Delayed Broadcast)
November 15th: ECU @ Tulsa (Delayed Broadcast)
November 21st: ECU @ UAB (Live at 3:30 p.m.)