Aug. 14, 2008
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Ivy League Office announced today an agreement with VERSUS for unprecedented national television coverage for its 2008 football season. VERSUS will televise five Ivy League football games under the title "The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF," beginning on October 11. Two Yale games are part of the package - Nov. 15 at home against Princeton and Nov. 22 at Harvard. Both will begin at noon.
This agreement marks the first time since the early 1990s that Ivy League football games have been packaged together nationally. "The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF," will reach more homes than any other games in Ivy League football history, as VERSUS is currently in more than 73 million U.S. households.
"The entire Ivy League community is thrilled to have the heart of our football season broadcast nationally this year by VERSUS, and we appreciate TIAA-CREF's strong support to make it possible. Our students and home communities, and our alumni around the country, as well as college football fans everywhere, will be able to watch top-notch football and celebrate great rivalries," said Jeff Orleans, Executive Director, Council of Ivy Group Presidents.
The Ivy League includes Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania. With the nation's longest history of football competition, the Ivy League also sponsors championship competition in more sports, for more athletes, than any other conference in the country. Ivy League student-athletes have outstanding competitive and academic records and Ivy League football alumni of every era are among the most distinguished in the country.
"Ivy League football has an incredible legacy supported by a passionate fan base and we are thrilled to now have the opportunity to present these historic rivalries to a national audience," said Jeff Goldberg, Vice President of Programming for VERSUS. "The addition of five Ivy League games to the network's 2008 schedule will undoubtedly help solidify VERSUS' position as a top television destination for college football."
The Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF Schedule:
Date Time Game October 11 Noon Cornell at Harvard October 25 4 p.m. Dartmouth at Columbia November 1 Noon Brown at Penn November 15 Noon Princeton at Yale November 22 Noon Yale at Harvard