Cox Sports Television (CST) and the Southland Conference have announced today a two-year extension to their broadcast agreement, which continues partnership through the 2019-20 academic year. The network and the league will broadcast at least 10 live events each year, as mutually agreed upon by both the Southland and CST.
“We have enjoyed such a great partnership with the Southland Conference over the years,” stated CST Network Head Rod Mickler. “With program exposure being a top priority for leagues around the country, we have the opportunity to showcase the talent in the Gulf South region.”
“It’s great for the Southland Conference to again proudly partner with our friends at CST, who have always provided compelling sports programming to our fans and followers throughout the Gulf South,” said Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett. “We look forward to some fantastic matchups in various sports as our exciting and fun rivalries are always accentuated by CST’s expert production quality.”
The 2018 broadcast schedule will begin with a football contest on September 15 between Nicholls and McNeese from Lake Charles, LA. The Colonel-Cowboy matchup will feature two of the league’s top four teams in the SLC Preseason Poll. Nicholls picked up 173 total points in the league poll, only behind preseason favorite Sam Houston State. McNeese was picked fourth, directly behind defending champion Central Arkansas.
The remainder of the schedule will be released at a later date.
CST is an innovative 24-hour regional sports network that delivers exclusive live programming and sporting events from the prep, collegiate and professional levels. CST’s diverse lineup is a mix of home grown studio shows that covers sports from the inside out and action-packed live events that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
Since launch in 2002, CST’s reach has grown from humble beginnings to a much larger reach. THE GULF SOUTH SPORTS LEADER, is now available to more than 4 million viewers. Cox Sports Television is available to video distributors and is a part of Cox Communications, LLC, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the country.
The Southland Conference features 13 universities in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas that compete in 17 sports – nine for women and eight for men – at the Division I level with football playing in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Southland has served as the host conference for the Division I Football Championship game at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium since 2011. The NCAA has subsequently renewed the agreement twice to keep the national championship game in Frisco through the 2020 event. The conference, founded in 1963, is based in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas, and is led by Commissioner Tom Burnett.