ROOT SPORTS™ to Air 4 Eagle Games This Fall

Home game with Montana will be broadcast, as well as road games at Montana State, Northern Arizona and Portland State

Eastern Washington University football fans will get four opportunities to watch the Eagles on ROOT SPORTS™ this fall, as DIRECTV Sports Networks and the Big Sky Conference announced Tuesday (May 6) its telecast schedule for the upcoming 2014 season.

A total of 11 games will be televised on ROOT SPORTS™, including Eastern’s showdown with Montana at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash., on Nov. 8. Three other road games – at Montana State on Sept. 20, at Northern Arizona on Oct. 25 and at Portland State on Nov. 21 – will also be aired by ROOT. Game times will be announced at a later date.

This will mark the third year of a multi-year partnership between DIRECTV Sports Networks and the Big Sky Conference. All 11 Big Sky Conference football games will be produced and televised in high-definition, with many of the games available in both the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regions.

“We have been extremely pleased with our partnership with the Big Sky Conference and its member schools, and look forward to what is shaping up to be an exciting 2014 season,” said Patrick Crumb, President of DIRECTV Sports Networks. “The addition of BSC football to our network over the past two years has significantly enhanced our collegiate programming.”

ROOT SPORTS’ production of Big Sky Conference football has been nominated for a Northwest Region Emmy Award two consecutive seasons.

This year’s schedule opens with a special non-conference matchup between league rivals the Eastern Washington Eagles and Montana State Bobcats on Sept. 20 in Bozeman, Mont. Eastern Washington is the two-time defending Big Sky Champion. The Eagles have advanced to the national semifinals each of the past two seasons.

Big Sky Conference action continues each week with a single game, until the final weekend of the season. Rivals Eastern Washington and Portland State will battle in the “Dam Cup” from Providence Park in Portland, Ore., in a special Friday night game on Nov. 21. Treasure State rivals Montana State and Montana square off in the 114th “Brawl of the Wild” on Saturday, Nov. 22 in Missoula to cap the 11-game slate.

“Through the first two seasons of our partnership with DIRECTV Sports Networks, we’ve heard extremely positive feedback from our fans and alumni in regards to the first-class production, and overall excitement surrounding our ROOT SPORTS games,’’ said Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton. “We’re excited for this year’s schedule of games on ROOT SPORTS™.’’


2014 Big Sky Conference Football Schedule on ROOT SPORTS™

Saturday, Sept. 20 - Eastern Washington at Montana State
Saturday, Sept. 27 - Northern Colorado at Montana
Saturday, Oct. 4 - UC Davis at Portland State
Saturday, Oct. 11 - Montana State at UC Davis
Saturday, Oct. 18 - Northern Arizona at Portland State
Saturday, Oct. 25 - Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona
Saturday, Nov. 1 - Sacramento State at Montana
Saturday, Nov. 8 - Montana at Eastern Washington
Saturday, Nov. 15 - Idaho State at Montana State
Friday, Nov. 21 - Eastern Washington at Portland State
Saturday, Nov. 22 - Montana State at Montana

Schedule subject to change. Territorial restrictions may apply.

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