June 20, 2001
Orlando, FL - FAU's Inaugural Football Game To Air LIVE on Sunshine Network Saturday, September 1, 4 p.m. (ET) - Statewide
Weekly Coaches Show, a Live Season Preview Special, Plus a Weekly FAU Football Review Show Also Scheduled to Air
Tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. on "Sunshine Network LIVE!," Florida Atlantic University Head Football Coach Howard Schnellenberger will appear live in-studio to announce a new agreement between FAU and Sunshine Network, Florida's largest regional sports television network.
The agreement provides FAU with unparalleled statewide television exposure, as well as joint marketing and promotional opportunities, as they prepare for their inaugural season in college football's Division I-AA.
Under the agreement, Sunshine Network will produce and air live coverage, to 5.5 million cable homes in Florida, of the Owls' historic inaugural football game vs. Slippery Rock from Pro Player Stadium in North Miami on Saturday, September 1, at 4 p.m. (ET). Andrew Monaco (play-by-play), Jimmy Cefalo (analyst) and Rickey Thein (sideline) will call the action.
Also included are two weekly television programs provided by the University - a football coaches show and an FAU football review show. "The Howard Schnellenberger Show" will air Wednesdays at 11 p.m. "FAU Fighting Owl Football Revisited" will feature highlights from the most recent game and will air Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m. following the coaches show.
In addition, Sunshine Network will produce a special FAU season preview edition of its popular "Sunshine Network LIVE!" program previewing the Owls' inaugural football season. It will air live on Thursday, August 16, at 6:30 pm and repeat several times.
"We are pleased and indebted to Jim Liberatore and Sunshine Network for including us in their telecast schedule," said Schnellenberger, FAU director of football operations and head coach. "These telecasts will go along way in documenting our game versus Slippery Rock and our inaugural season for posterity."
"We are delighted to be partnering with FAU and providing statewide exposure for their new football program this fall," said Jim Liberatore, corporate vice president and general manager of Sunshine Network. "As the state's leading provider of local sports news and programming, Sunshine Network looks forward to bringing fans coverage of FAU athletics and salutes Coach Schnellenberger and his team as they prepare for their historic first season."
In addition to event coverage, Sunshine Network be a marketing partner with FAU, providing exposure for the University beyond the remote control, with website and other promotional ventures.
Sunshine Network will also continue to cover FAU athletics on its two sports news and features shows, "Sunshine Network LIVE!," weeknights at 6:30 pm and "NEXTEL Florida Sports News," weeknights at 10 pm. Natalie Angel and Rickey Thein currently cover South Florida sports for the two programs from the network's Miami bureau.
Sunshine Network is Florida's largest and leading regional sports network and, with no national sports network affiliation, is the state's only sports network devoting its entire schedule to local programming. With 5.5 million homes and more than 20 teams/properties under contract, Sunshine Network is the Florida sports fans' first and only source for comprehensive coverage of sports in the Sunshine State.