April 19, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Mountain West Conference and its new television partner, CSTV Networks, announced on Wednesday its national television package for the 2006 Mountain West Conference football season. Included in CSTV's 18 MWC national telecasts are three games featuring the Wyoming Cowboys. Wyoming's home games versus Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 21 and San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 4, as well as UW's road game at BYU on Thursday, Nov. 9 will be featured on CSTV's national package this coming fall.
On Tuesday, April 18, the MWC and CSTV announced development of the first-ever super regional sports network dedicated solely to one intercollegiate athletic conference. The mtn. -- Mountain West Sport Network will carry 36 MWC football games beginning with the upcoming 2006 college football season. The mtn. will launch later in the summer of `06, and its first college football telecast will originate from Wyoming's Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2 when the Cowboys host non-conference foe Utah State.
The Cowboys will be featured seven times on The mtn. during the 2006 season. In addition to the inaugural telecast on Sept. 2, Wyoming's home games versus: Boise State on Sept. 16; Air Force on Sept. 23; and Utah on Oct. 14 will also be telecast regionally. Three Cowboy road games will be part of the 2006 television schedule on The mtn. Those three games are: the Oct. 7 contest at New Mexico; the Oct. 28 game at TCU; and the regular-season finale at UNLV on Nov. 18. The game at UNLV has the possibility of being switched to a CSTV national network telecast. That decision won't be made until after the 2006 season has begun.
"Wyoming is honored to be part of history," said UW Director of Athletics Gary Barta. "Our football game against Utah State on Sept. 2 will be the very first football game broadcast on The mtn. network. It is also very exciting to know that `The Border War' game against Colorado State in Laramie on Oct. 21 has been selected as one of CSTV's national games.
"I continue to be impressed with CSTV and their true spirit of partnership. They are delivering all they promised. Of the 56 televised football games, 48 will be on Saturdays -- I can tell you that's not happening in many other conferences across the country. The Cowboys will play every home game on a Saturday this season. We know in the future we will have to play an occasional Thursday night home game, but we are thrilled with how 2006 is set up.
"Cowboy fans across the state, nation and the world will be able to watch most, if not all, our football games live. There will be a mix of national and regional television, as well as video streaming on the internet."
Another advantage of the new relationship between the MWC and CSTV is the early announcement of game times that accompanied the release of the television schedule (see game times listed on the attached schedule). Fans now know the game times prior to the start of the season.
"I couldn't be more excited about the exposure our athletic programs will receive regionally and nationally," said UW head football coach Joe Glenn. "I am of course hopeful that many of those fans will choose to come and cheer on our team in person, but for those who can't -- this television package is fantastic. What a tremendous job the Mountain West and CSTV have done putting this all together. We are proud to be a part of this.
"Furthermore, it's just great for our fans to know our game times in advance. Now our fans can plan ahead to attend games at Jonah Field. I appreciate the professionalism that all the people at CSTV have brought to our new relationship."
The upcoming 2006-07 athletic season will mark the first year of the CSTV-Mountain West Conference partnership that was originally announced in August of 2004. In addition to the 36 college football games to be carried on The mtn. this coming fall, the regional network will also carry 150 basketball games and over 200 men's and women's Olympic sports events from the MWC's 19 sports, including conference championships. In addition to telecasts of live events, programming on The mtn. will include: features on coaches and student-athletes; educational programming; and a myriad of information on the local sports culture surrounding the nine Mountain West Conference member universities.
"In addition to football and men's and women's basketball, fans will get a chance to watch Wyoming teams in volleyball, soccer and other Olympic sports," said UW Athletics Director Barta.
"There is no substitute for watching the Cowboys and Cowgirls live in the War and the AA - we need our fans to continue to fill those buildings to give our teams the home-field and home-court advantage. With that said, for those fans who live out of state and can't make it to Laramie we will have the best television coverage in our history."