CBS SPORTS NETWORK SIGNS DEAL WITH UNITED FOOTBALL LEAGUE
CBS Sports Network and the United Football League announced an agreement today that will bring the four-year-old league’s games to a national television audience.
CBS Sports Network will televise two games per week every Wednesday and Friday live throughout the UFL’s eight-week season, culminating with the Championship game in late November. Coverage kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Friday, Sept. 21. CBS Sports Network, the cable home of CBS Sports, is available to more than 99 million households across the country.
“We’re very happy to partner with CBS Sports Network in bringing the UFL’s games to football-hungry fans everywhere,” said Bill Mayer, the UFL’s acting Chairman. “CBS Sports has always been identified with excellence in its presentation of football, and the UFL promises to extend that reputation by putting a great product on the field.”
“We’re pleased to partner with the UFL and bring more live football to CBS Sports Network,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports Network. “Fans have an appetite for football at all levels and we’re excited to showcase the UFL.”
The UFL began in 2009. The Las Vegas Locomotives won the first two championships and the William Hambrecht Trophy, named for the UFL founder and Locomotives owner, but were denied a third title last Oct. 21, 2011, when they fell to the Virginia Destroyers.
Marty Schottenheimer coaches the Destroyers; Jim Fassel, who took the New York Giants to Super Bowl XXXV, is president, general manager and coach of the Locomotives.
Well-known players who have worn the UFL uniform include quarterbacks Jeff Garcia, Josh McCown, J.P. Losman and Daunte Culpepper, running backs Ahman Green and Dominic Rhodes, kickers Matt Bryant, Steven Hauschka and Graham Gano and kick returner Clifton Smith.
Aug. 1, 2012 – The Las Vegas Locomotives begin their quest for a third title in four years on Wednesday, Sept. 19, when they open the United Football League’s season with a home game against the Sacramento Mountain Lions. All UFL games this season will be televised by CBS Sports Network, available in more than 99 million homes, giving the league a national presence.
The defending champion Virginia Destroyers kick off their chase for back-to-back crowns on Friday, Sept. 21., visiting the Omaha Nighthawks.
The Mountain Lions-Locos game on Wednesday is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on CBSSN. The Destroyers and Nighthawks play at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.
“We’re looking forward to opening day and getting back on the field,” said Fassel, beginning his fourth season as the Locos’ coach. “We’ve created a winning tradition in Las Vegas and we want to continue that for our fans and for the new audience we’ll be reaching through CBS Sports Network.”
The UFL’s four teams will play eight games, concluding the regular season on the nights of Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 9. The UFL’s fourth championship game will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, at 9 p.m. ET., at a site to be determined.
The Destroyers, coached by Marty Schottenheimer, defeated the Locomotives for the title last November. They will go into Las Vegas for a grudge match on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Destroyers’ home opener is Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. ET, against the Mountain Lions.
“We’re proud of what we were able to accomplish in 2011, but this is a new season and, in a lot of ways a new league,” Schottenheimer said.
The UFL plays on Wednesday nights and Friday nights except for Week 6, when games shift to Tuesday (Oct. 23, Sacramento-Omaha, 9 p.m. ET) and Thursday (Oct. 25, Las Vegas-Virginia. 6 p.m. ET). All games are televised by CBS Sports Network, all schedule times Eastern
Week 1 (All times Eastern)
Wednesday, Sept. 19: Sacramento at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 21: Virginia at Omaha, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 26: Virginia at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28: Omaha at Sacramento, 11 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 3: Omaha at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5: Sacramento at Virginia, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10: Las Vegas at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12: Virginia at Omaha, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Las Vegas at Omaha, 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19: Sacramento at Virginia, 9 p.m.
Week 6* (games Tuesday and Thursday)
Tuesday, Oct. 23: Sacramento at Omaha, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Las Vegas at Virginia, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 31: Omaha at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2: Virginia at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7: Las Vegas at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9: Omaha at Virginia, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16. Site to be determined, 9 p.m.