WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2003
JU vs. FIU Football Game To Air On Sunshine Network
Oct. 22, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the second straight year, the JU vs. Florida International football game scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., will be broadcast by the Sunshine Network. Because of contractual obligations, the game will air live only in South Florida (Miami Heat territory), but will repeat in its entirety later that night at 11:30 and again on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. In addition, Comcast Cable in Jacksonville will air the game live on Channel 57, with repeat showings scheduled for Nov. 4th and 6th at 7 p.m.
Miami Heat play-by-play announcer Eric Reid will call the action for Sunshine, while former Florida Gator Brady Ackerman will provide color analysis and former ESPN anchor Whit Watson will be the sideline reporter. The Sunshine Network has a statewide audience of more than 5.76 million homes and it will be the Dolphins' third televised football game since the program was started in 1998.
"This is another 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 the Dolphin program since its inception. "With 12 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 fourth of six scholarship opponents for the Dolphins this season. JU, which plays at the Division I-AA non-scholarship level, has won five straight games against scholarship teams, including a perfect 3-0 record this season. FIU defeated the Dolphins, 39-6, last season in the first meeting between the two teams.
11th-ranked JU (4-3, 1-1 PFL) is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 25 against No. 4 Morehead State (5-2, 2-0 PFL) on Homecoming at 12:30 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field on the JU campus. The Dolphins will be vying for their second Pioneer Football League South Division Championship in their three seasons in the 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.