ESPNU joins local cable sports lineup

05.9.2007 by André Natta · → Leave a comment

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Bright House Networks has announced that they will be adding the all college sports channel to their basic digital tier service beginning next Tuesday, May 15. For those that are interested, it will be channel 172. This follows Charter Communications’ nationwide addition of the channel to their programming in late March. The addition of the channel provides additional coverage of sports at HBCUs in addition to those sports that are not normally covered on the other stations in the ESPN family nationwide. The resulting exposure that these sports and those institutions receive as a result will be interesting to watch, especially in light of a recent situation here in town.

The Birmingham News recently reported recently that Miles College was not interested in participating in a doubleheader on September 2 at Legion Field. They are scheduled to take on Tuskegee Institute at 6 p.m.; however ESPN has moved the 3rd annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge to Sunday hoping to turn the event into the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference‘s first ever SIAC Hall of Fame Labor Day Classic. As of the printing of the report on Saturday, negotiations were still continuing, although there were no plans to force Miles to take part in the event. Miles has also released a statement on their site saying that they would not be particiapting in any doubleheader that day, leaving the question of where the Golden Bears will play their game open for discussion.

One of the reasons given by their athletics director, Augustus James, in the article involved the availability of the game for fans unable to attend in person. The game would be shown on ESPNU, a “second or third tier” sports network according to quotes attributed to James.

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