MSG Varsity kicks off 2011 football season
Coverage begins Sept. 9 with unprecedented coverage of 11 games, including three live match-ups.
BETHPAGE, NY, September 7, 2011–– MSG Varsity kicks-off the 2011 high school football season with more action than ever before. This season, MSG Varsity is tripling its coverage of opening weekend games, which includes 11 exciting matchups, three of which will be LIVE. The games will include the highly-anticipated LIVE matchup between nationally ranked #1 Don Bosco Prep (NJ) and #6 ranked Mission Viejo (CA). The schedule also includes six of the schools in MSG Varsity’s Top 25 Tri-State Area High School Football Poll.
“At MSG Varsity, we know our viewers are passionate high school football fans so we’re thrilled to bring the best of the gridiron right to their homes,” said Michael Lardner, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, MSG Varsity. “Our comprehensive coverage of opening weekend is the perfect way to start the season, highlighting the tremendous talents in our communities.”
Coverage begins Friday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. with MSG Varsity’s “Friday Night Football” series which will deliver two LIVE matchups simultaneously every Friday.
On Friday, September 9, Long Island, New Jersey and New York City viewers will watch Long Island powerhouse St. Anthony’s (LI) go head-to-head with visiting State College High School (PA). In the Connecticut/Westchester/Hudson Valley area, fans will watch Rye High School (NY) battle it out against Somers High School (NY). Former New York Giants stars Amani Toomer and Roman Oben will make their debut appearances as color analysts during these games – Toomer covering St. Anthony’s / State College and Oben the Rye / Somers game.
MSG Varsity’s high school football opening weekend schedule is as follows:
|Game / Date||Airdate & Time||MSGV Regions|
|State College @ St. Anthony's HS (9/9)||LIVE @ 7:00 p.m.||NJ/LI/NYC|
|Rye @ Somers (9/9)||LIVE @ 7:00 p.m.||CT/HV/Westchester|
|Mission Viejo @ Don Bosco Prep (9/10)||LIVE @ 7:00 p.m.||All|
|Bellport @ Comsewogue (9/10)||9/12 @ 7:30 p.m.||LI|
|Xaverian @ Monre-Woodbury (9/10)||9/12 @ 7:30 p.m.||CT/HV/NYC/Westchester|
|Bronxville @ Dobbs Ferry (9/10)||9/13 @ 4:00 p.m.||CT/HV/Westchester|
|Iona Prep @ Poly Prep (9/10)||9/13 @ 4:00 p.m.||NYC|
|Wayne Hills @ Hackensack (9/9)||9/13 @ 4:00 p.m.||NJ/LI/NYC|
|Fox Lane @ New Rochelle (9/10)||9/14 @ 4:00 p.m.||CT/HV/NYC/Westchester|
|Hicksville @ Hempstead (9/10)||9/14 @ 4:00 p.m.||LI|
|Matawan @ Freehold Boro (9/10)||9/14 @ 4:00 p.m.||NJ/LI/NYC|
MSG Varsity is available exclusively to Cablevision’s iO TV subscribers on channel 14 and once broadcast, all games are available on-demand on channel 614. The Comcast Network will carry MSG Varsity’s broadcast of the State College @ St. Anthony’s game and the Don Bosco Prep / Mission Viejo game (check local listings). Additionally, throughout the season, The Comcast Network will carry select MSG Varsity games. The Don Bosco Prep / Mission Viejo broadcast will also be available for local viewers in California through Cox Cable (Cox3).
For more information on “Friday Night Football” and MSG Varsity, visit the Football Central page on www.msgvarsity.com.
About MSG Varsity
MSG Varsity is a multi-platform suite of services comprised of: an Emmy award-winning 24/7 HD television network, a comprehensive online destination, and a groundbreaking interactive service, all dedicated to high school sports, academics and activities happening throughout the tri-state area. Content for these services includes MSG Varsity’s professionally produced programming as well as content created by the high schools themselves. Working in partnership with MSG Varsity, students and faculty are given extraordinary access to curriculum and training in multimedia creation and distribution, empowering them to become active participants in telling their school’s stories. MSG Varsity is a Cablevision exclusive service not available to satellite or phone company TV subscribers and reaches three million households throughout the New York market. For more information, please visit www.msgvarsity.com.