“Collaborating with ESPN provides our NEC football institutions with a national platform of exposure through the ‘worldwide leader in sports,'” said NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris. “It also connects us directly to the growing relationship that exists between the Football Championship Subdivision and ESPN in the areas of branding and production.”
The NEC and ESPN have struck an agreement to make ESPN3 the exclusive home of Northeast Conference Football in 2013. Five NEC contests will appear on ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and Apple TV.
Read the NEC’s Official News Release: #NECFB Goes National
Bryant at Wagner – Sept. 28
The first official conference game on the 2013 docket features the defending champs as they welcome Bryant and Walter Payton Award hopeful Jordan Harris to Grymes Hill. Maybe, Wagner’s Dominique Williams will do this again…
Saint Francis at Central Connecticut – Oct. 5
These two teams played a 32-30 thriller last year at this same venue with the host Blue Devils pulling out the win with help from Rob Hollomon and his 207 rushing yards. Saint Francis may not have Hollomon in its stable of backs, but the Flash can run the ball with the best of them. Fans of smash-mouth football and high-powered rushing attacks, this one is for you.
Bryant at Robert Morris – Nov. 2
The NEC kicks off the stretch run of its ESPN “On-Air” Football package in the Steel City. Bryant has had Robert Morris’ number since joining the league, but the Colonials are always tough to beat at Joe Walton Stadium. Speaking of the legendary Joe Walton, this game will be one of his last as the Colonials’ head coach.
Duquesne at Sacred Heart – Nov. 9
The NEC preseason coaches’ poll suggests that the Dukes will be in an intense battle for the conference crown by the time this contest rolls around. On the other hand, Sacred Heart could be one of the season’s biggest surprises by then. Buck Buchanan Award candidate Dorian Bell had 4.0 sacks against SHU last year.
Wagner at Saint Francis – Nov. 16
If Wagner lives up to its preseason billing, then this matchup will certainly carry some title implications. On the other hand, if Saint Francis continues to improve at the rate it did last season, then it could be that the Red Flash are thinking “championship” when this mid-November contest kicks off.