KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Year two of the MIAA Broadcasting Network is around the corner, and the schedule for the 2011 football season has been finalized and released by the conference office.
Ten games will be televised, as was the case a year ago, but a new wrinkle has been added for 2011. The first eight games of the broadcast schedule have been established, but the final two weeks have been left open as "flex" games. The games that are of the most interest to MIAA fans, whether it be a game with championship implications, rivalry game, etc., will be chosen to fill the final two slots.
The games will once again be carried live on KSMO Channel 62 in the Kansas City area, as well as several cable systems throughout the MIAA geographical footprint. Complete information regarding where to watch the games will be made available as the season draws closer.
The MIAA is in its second year partnered with Kansas City-based Niles Media Group to provide production, distribution and media sales for the broadcast network. The MIAA Network, launched in the summer of 2010, showcased 10 football games as well as 10 basketball games in its initial year on television.
The 2011 MIAA football broadcast schedule kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 8, on the campus of Washburn University. There, the Ichabods will host the Lincoln Blue Tigers at 6 p.m. CT.
Two days later, the scene shifts to St. Joseph, Mo., as Missouri Western hosts Central Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. CT.
Following a television open date during the week of Sept. 17, the MIAA broadcast schedule will resume on Saturday, Sept. 24, as Central Missouri hosts Truman at 2 p.m. CT, in the first afternoon game of the 2011 television season.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, the tenth edition of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead between Northwest Missouri and Pittsburg State will be the featured game, with kickoff set for 2 p.m., CT.
Stokes Stadium in Kirksville, Mo., will be the site of the Saturday, Oct. 8 broadcast game as Truman hosts Washburn at 2 p.m. CT.
The following week, Central Missouri will play at Fort Hays State in primetime Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. CT on the MIAA Network.
Southwest Baptist at Missouri Southern will be the featured game on Saturday, Oct. 22, as the Lions and Bearcats will face off at 2 p.m. CT.
On Saturday, Oct. 29, Emporia State will host Truman at 2 p.m. CT in the final game before the flex scheduling.
Saturday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 12 will be the final two football broadcasts of the season, and both are tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. CT. Information regarding which games will be featured will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the 10 football games on the MIAA Network, the league will also be featured on national television Saturday, Sept. 22, as Missouri Western plays at Washburn at 7 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.
All MIAA football and basketball games will continue to be streamed live online on the America One Television Network.
2011 MIAA Football Television Schedule (all times central)
Thursday, Sept. 8: Lincoln at Washburn, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10: Central Missouri at Missouri Western, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 17: OPEN
Saturday, Sept. 24: Truman at Central Missouri, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Pittsburg State vs. Northwest Missouri (Fall Classic at Arrowhead X), 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8: Washburn at Truman, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15: Central Missouri at Fort Hays State, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22: Southwest Baptist at Missouri Southern, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29: Truman at Emporia State, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5: TBA
Saturday, Nov. 12: TBA