Spartan Television Schedule, Game Times Announced
Oct. 1, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - A total of 25 Michigan State hockey games - including 16 of 19 home contests - will be televised during the 2012-13 season. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) announced its television schedule for the upcoming season, with 50 games involving CCHA teams plus five CCHA postseason games being broadcast across five networks. Twenty-four of the 50 CCHA regular-season games that will air involve the Spartans.
In addition, the program has announced it's game times for all home games in the 2012-13 season. Those gametimes were solidified as the CCHA television schedule was finalized in the days leading up to the start of the season.
Fourteen of MSU's 17 regular-season home games, plus exhibition contests against Windsor and the US National Team Development Program, will have a live television broadcast originating from Munn Ice Arena. MSU's season-opening series at 2012 Frozen Four semifinalist and preseason No. 2 Minnesota will air live on Fox Sports North on Oct. 12-13, giving fans a preview of Big Ten hockey in the first weekend of action for both teams.
In addition to games at Minnesota, MSU will have road contests televised at Michigan (2) and Notre Dame (2), as well as at the Great Lakes Invitational in late December at Comerica Park.
Twelve MSU games (10 regular-season and the two exhibition games) will be shown on Comcast Television, which is offered on Comcast's Digital Limited Basic Tier Channel 900, to about 1.1 million customers in the state of Michigan.
FOX Sports Detroit celebrates its 16th season of televising CCHA hockey during the 2012-13 campaign with a slate of eight regular-season games, which includes Spartan games against Ferris State and Michigan, as well as the GLI games and MSU's home game against Northern Michigan as part of the Hockey Day in Michigan celebration. FOX Sports Detroit's high-definition coverage of the CCHA goes to more than 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.
The Big Ten Network (BTN) is set to air seven contests involving CCHA teams, more than half of which will feature MSU. The BTN package begins on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 when Ohio State visits Munn Arena. BTN carries both Ohio State contests, as well as one game at Michigan (Feb. 1) and the Friday game against Northern Michigan (Feb. 15). BTN is available to an estimated 90 million homes in the U.S. and Canada through agreements with more than 300 affiliates. BTN2Go is a digital extension of the Big Ten Network that delivers live and on-demand programming to existing BTN subscribers via the web, smartphones and tablets.
NBC Sports will be airing a CCHA matchup on Dec. 7, when the Michigan State Spartans head to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame.
Six games during the CCHA Tournament will be televised in addition to the announced regular-season contests. Both Fox Sports Detroit and Comcast will air quarterfinal contests the weekend of March 15-16, and Fox will carry the two CCHA semifinals and the Championship game from Joe Louis Arena March 22-23.