Approximately 50 league games will air on a myriad of television networks during the 2014 season, the Missouri Valley Football Conference announced today. The Conference will produce seven league games – including five Homecoming games -- as part of its 2014 Game of the Week package, and approximately 50 additional games will air in conjunction with MVFC institutional packages.
The MVFC will work with two production companies, renewing partnerships from last season. Mediacom, which has partnerships with a number of Valley Football institutions, will produce and air six league games. Mediacom will distribute those games on its family of networks and simulcast four of the games on ESPN3. Kansas City-based Niles Media Group returns as a league partner and will produce one game for the conference -- and that contest will air on over-the-air stations and on ESPN3. Veteran broadcasters Scott Warmann and Danan Hughes will provide play-by-play and analyst duties for the 2014 package.
For the first time, the league will utilize instant replay during its game of the week broadcasts. An estimated 30 league contests will utilize instant replay this fall, which includes league-produced and select institutionally produced TV games. DVSport, Inc., will administer replay, in conjunction with MVFC officials.
The 2014 conference package is listed immediately below. Additional broadcast information will be added as schools formalize their institutional telecast agreements.
Saturday, Oct. 4 -- North Dakota St. at Western Illinois (HC), 3 pm
Saturday, Oct. 11 -- UNI at South Dakota (HC), 3 pm
Saturday, Oct. 18 -- South Dakota at Missouri State (HC), 2 pm
Saturday, Oct. 25 -- Youngstown State at South Dakota State (HC), 2 pm
Saturday, Oct. 25 -- Indiana State at Southern Illinois (HC), 6 pm
Saturday, Nov. 8 -- Youngstown State at Illinois State, 1 pm
Saturday, Nov. 15 -- UNI at Southern Illinois, 2 pm
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For six games, Mediacom will coordinate all aspects of production, including all commercial reels, in-telecast graphics, satellite transmission and uplink, etc., as part of its agreement with the MVFC. Mediacom will distribute those games on its family of networks thorughout the Midwest. Mediacom reaches 700,000 homes in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, Indiana, and Kansas. ESPN3 and Mediacom have agreed to air select Mediacom-produced games to air on ESPN3 in non-Mediacom markets.
About Niles Media Group
The founders of Niles Media Group -- John Denison, John Sprugel and Neil Harwell -- have created and operated two other regional sports channels. Niles Media Group services include television production, staffing, advertising sales and telecast distribution. For the Oct. 25 telecast from Brookings, S.D., Niles Media Group will coordinate all aspects of production, including all commercial reels, in-telecast graphics, satellite transmission and uplink, etc., as part of its agreement with the MVFC.
DVSport has been delivering HD replay to college football for the past four seasons, following up a very successful 5 year SD Replay product. DVSport HD Instant Replay works with Conference member institutions, their broadcast partners and in-house productions to bring officiating instant replay to college football each week. Last season, DVSport provided instant replay solutions for over 600 regular season games, all NCAA (FCS, Div. II and II) playoff and Championship games as well as 22 bowl games including the National Championship Game. Starting in 2009, DVSport also implemented its HD Replay™ technology for regular-season Canadian Football League games all the way through the Grey Cup championship game. Currently, the American, ACC, Big Ten, Big-12, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Pac-12 and the SEC use DVSport exclusively for their HD replay needs.