KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eleven football games will be featured in year three of the MIAA Television Network, up one from the previous two years, the conference office announced Thursday.
The first nine games of the 2012 schedule have been established, but for the second consecutive year 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 third 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 each of its first two years on television.
The 2012 MIAA football broadcast schedule kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 8, on the campus of defending national champion Pittsburg State. There, the Gorillas will host Central Oklahoma, which is in its first year in the MIAA. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT.
The following week, another new MIAA member will be showcased as Nebraska Kearney travels to St. Joseph, Mo., to face Missouri Western on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. CT.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, the MIAA Network will visit Edmond, Okla., for the first time as Central Oklahoma makes its second appearance of the season. There, the Bronchos will host Washburn at 2:30 p.m. CT.
A week later, the scene shifts to Maryville, Mo., where Northwest Missouri will host Northeastern State Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. CT. It will be the Riverhawks' first appearance on the network as they enter their initial year in the league.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Nebraska Kearney makes its second appearance on the network as it hosts Truman at 2:30 p.m. CT.
Plaster Stadium in Bolivar, Mo., will be the site of the Saturday, Oct. 13 broadcast game as Southwest Baptist hosts Fort Hays State at 2:30 p.m. CT.
The following week, Lincoln will play at Fort Hays State on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. CT, in the first of three games in eight days on the MIAA Network.
Five days later, Missouri Western at Emporia State will be the featured game. Kickoff time on Thursday, Oct. 25, is 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, Lindenwood will host Missouri Southern at 2:30 p.m. CT in the final game before the flex scheduling. It will be the first MIAA Network game for Lindenwood, and the first one hosted in St. Charles.
Saturday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 10 will be the final two football broadcasts of the season, and both are tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT. Information regarding which games will be featured will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the 11 football games on the MIAA Network, the league will also be featured on national television Thursday, Sept. 20, as Central Missouri plays host to Truman 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.
2012 MIAA Television Network Football Schedule
September 8: Central Oklahoma at Pittsburg State, 6:00pm
September 15: Nebraska-Kearney at Missouri Western, 6:00pm
September 22: Washburn at Central Oklahoma, 2:30pm
September 29: Northeastern State at Northwest Missouri, 2:30pm
October 6: Truman at Nebraska-Kearney, 2:30pm
October 13: Fort Hays State at Southwest Baptist, 2:30pm
October 20: Lincoln at Fort Hays State, 2:30pm
October 25: Missouri Western at Emporia State, 6:00 pm
October 27: Missouri Southern at Lindenwood, 2:30pm
November 3: TBA, 2:30pm
November 10: TBA, 2:30pm