Big Sky TV schedule released

SEATTLE — DIRECTV Sports Networks today announced the telecast schedule for the upcoming 2013 Big Sky Conference football season with a total of 10 games to be televised on ROOT SPORTS. This will mark the second year of a multi-year partnership between DIRECTV Sports Networks and the Big Sky Conference.

All 10 Big Sky Conference football games will be produced and televised in high-definition, with many of the games available in both the Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions.

“We were extremely pleased with our inaugural season in 2012, not only in terms of the quality of the games, but also in our working relationships with the conference and its member schools,” said Patrick Crumb, President of DIRECTV Sports Networks. “We are looking forward to building on that success this year and continuing to increase the awareness of the great college football being played in the Big Sky Conference.”

The broadcast schedule will open with a special Thursday night match-up on September 26 when Portland State hosts Cal Poly, followed by nine Saturday games. The final games of the season will be the “Brawl of the Wild” between Montana and Montana State and the “Dam Cup” between Portland State and Eastern Washington.

“Our television partnership with ROOT SPORTS has helped develop the Big Sky Conference brand,” said Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton. “Our conference was thrilled with the first-class production of the games last season, and look forward to an excellent schedule this upcoming season. We believe the employees of ROOT SPORTS and DIRECTV Sports Networks are devoted to making the Big Sky broadcasts not just a game, but an event.”

2013 Big Sky Conference Football Schedule on ROOT SPORTS:

Date                             Matchup                                                           Kick Time (MT)

Sept. 26                        Cal Poly @ Portland State                                 8:00pm MT

Sept. 28                        Montana @ Northern Arizona                              7:00pm MT

Oct. 5                           Portland State @ Montana                                 TBD

Oct. 19                         Montana State @ Weber State                           TBD

Oct. 26                         Eastern Washington @ Montana                        TBD

Nov. 2                          Montana State @ Northern Colorado                  TBD

Nov. 9                          Montana State @ Eastern Washington                TBD

Nov. 16                         Eastern Washington @ Cal Poly                         TBD

Nov. 23                         Montana @ Montana State                                 TBD

Nov. 23                         Portland State @ Eastern Washington                TBD

Game times subject to change

About the Big Sky Conference
The Big Sky Conference will celebrate its 50th season in 2013-14, and currently consists of 11 schools in nine states  (Eastern Washington University, Idaho State University, The University of Montana, Montana State University, the University of North Dakota, Northern Arizona University, the University of Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Portland State University, Southern Utah University and Weber State University). Cal Poly and UC Davis are football affiliate members.

The Big Sky Conference is one of the premier leagues at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level. It advanced teams to the Division I National Championship three straight seasons from 2008-2010. Eastern Washington won the national championship in 2010.

Multiple Big Sky Conference teams have qualified for the FCS postseason fourteen  consecutive seasons. In recent seasons, league teams have upset squads from the Big 12, Mountain West, WAC, and Pac-12 Conferences, including Sacramento State’s stunning overtime win over Colorado in 2012.

About DIRECTV Sports Networks
Seattle-based DIRECTV Sports Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of DIRECTV and operates three regional sports networks branded as ROOT SPORTS™. The three networks (based in Bellevue WA, Denver CO, and Pittsburgh, PA) are distributed in 18 states and hold exclusive regional telecast rights to over two dozen professional and collegiate teams, including the Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Utah Jazz, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers and Gonzaga University. The ROOT SPORTS networks also distribute Big 12, Conference USA and other collegiate football and basketball games.

 — Big Sky Conference