July 28, 2006
ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, Inc., will present the "Friends of Coal Bowl" college football game featuring state rivals Marshall at West Virginia Saturday, September 2 on several local affiliate television stations throughout West Virginia at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will also be available on ESPN GAMEPLAN, the out-of-market pay-per-view package, offered nationally via satellite and cable.
The following West Virginia television affiliates will carry the telecast through a syndication agreement with ESPN Regional Television:
WCHS (ABC) - Charleston-Huntington
WOAY (ABC) - Bluefield/Beckley/Oak Hill
WTOV (NBC) - Wheeling/Steubenville
WVFX (Fox) - Clarksburg/Weston
This will mark the sixth meeting between these two teams since 1911. West Virginia holds a 5-0 series advantage. The last meeting was played in Morgantown in 1997, with West Virginia taking a 41-32 victory. The 1997 matchup featured NFL quarterbacks Marc Bulger (West Virginia) and Chad Pennington (Marshall).
ESPN Regional Television (ERT) is the nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming. ERT produces more than 900 sporting events annually, including football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events, which accounts for more than 2,200 live and /or original hours of programming. In addition, ERT owns various collegiate events and is the production headquarters for ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network; syndication rightsholder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (e.g. - Big Ten, BIG EAST and the Big 12); as well as the marketing rightsholder for select schools (Kansas, Oregon and South Florida).
ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several collegiate sporting events. Examples in football include the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, Sheraton Hawai'I Bowl; Fort Worth Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Birmingham Bowl, and Ford MEAC/SWAC Challenge. Basketball events include The Old Spice Classic (Orlando, FL); O'Reilly Auto Parts All-College Classic (Oklahoma City, OK); Pape' Jam (Portland Oregon) and Spartan Clash (Auburn Hills, MI). Other events include the ESPNU Invitational Series presented by ConocoPhillips and the ESPN National Golf Challenge.