|Middle Tennessee has learned from a pair of broadcast partners that it will be shown on a regional and national platform, respectively, for its first two football games this fall.
The Blue Raiders' season opener at Purdue has been picked up by the Big Ten Network. Kickoff will be at 11 a.m. Central from Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. It marks Middle Tennessee's debut on the network.
The Big Ten Network is available to an estimated 75 million households through agreements with more than 300 cable, satellite and telco affiliates in all 50 states and Canada. It is available on cable in 19 of the nation's 20 largest media markets.
The following week, the Blue Raiders' home opener against Georgia Tech will be shown nationally on ESPN3.com. Kickoff from Floyd Stadium will be at 6 p.m.
ESPN3.com is ESPN's live sports broadband network, giving fans a 24/7 online destination that delivers thousands of live sports events annually. It is currently available in more than 70 million homes and can be streamed through the Microsoft Xbox gaming console via Xbox LIVE (Gold level membership) and was recently launched on Apple & Android tablet and mobile devices.
The addition of the two games on TV raise the Middle Tennessee total to three thus far for the 2011 campaign, joining the Oct. 6 home matchup with Western Kentucky on ESPNU.