WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2002
JU vs. Florida International Football Game Moved For Live TV
Sept. 25, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University vs. Florida International football game originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. for live TV. Live coverage of the game from FIU's Community Stadium on the University Park campus will air on the Sunshine Network. Sunshine has a statewide audience of more than 5.76 million homes and it will be the Dolphins' first televised football game since the program was started in 1998.
Calling the action for Sunshine will be longtime football commentator and former voice of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Paul Kennedy, along with former University of Florida standout James Bates. The game will repeat Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m.
"This is an outstanding opportunity to gain maximum exposure for our young program, not only throughout Florida, but all throughout the Southeast," said JU head coach Steve Gilbert, who has guided Dolphin program since its inception. "With 11 schools now playing football in Florida, it's important for us to take advantage of any opportunities to expose Jacksonville University to the state of Florida and surrounding areas."
Florida International will be the second first-year program JU has faced in as many years as the Dolphins played at Florida Atlantic in 2001. FIU will also be the fourth of five scholarship opponents for JU, which plays at the Division I-AA non-scholarship level as a member of the Pioneer Football League.
Available in more than 5.7 million homes statewide, Sunshine Network boasts one of the most impressive lineups of local and regional teams and events in the country. In addition to Jacksonville University, Sunshine currently has agreements with more than 15 teams/properties -- the NBA Orlando Magic, NBA Miami Heat, NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Miami Dolphins, NFL Jacksonville Jaguars, NHL Tampa Bay Lightning, AFL Tampa Bay Storm and Orlando Predators, and WNBA Orlando Miracle and Miami Sol. Sunshine Network also has agreements with collegiate powerhouses Florida State University, the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, the ACC, SEC, MAC, MEAC, and Sunshine State conferences.
The network's locally-produced "NEXTEL Florida Sports News" is the only show of its kind on television in Florida, bringing Florida sports fans in-depth news coverage of their hometown teams each weeknight at 10 p.m., exclusively on Sunshine Network.