The Game 2003 may not have an effect on the league title but it could gain distinction as the most visible game -- from television -- in the history of Ivy League football. WLVI (Boston) has arranged a network of regional stations including WTXX-TV in Hartford, Conn., WEWB-TV in Albany, New York, COX3 in Rhode Island and WGN (Chicago). The Game will be available in high-definition on HDNet, the first all high definition national television network, and in the Boston market on HD Channel 56.1. A combined reach of 65-70 million households is anticipated between normal TV, national cable (WGN) and satellite distribution. There is no way to confirm that this would be THE most visible game, but Ivy League football was on ESPN a number of times in the late 1980s when the sports cable giant reached approximately 54 million homes. It currently goes to 88 million homes. The 1994 Yale-Harvard contest was on ESPN2, but the younger cable outlet was in just 16 million homes at the time. "The entire Yale community is thrilled to have this year's Harvard game broadcast nationally by WGN and WLVI. The many thousands of alums around the country, as well as college football fans everywhere, will have the opportunity to watch one of college football's great rivalries. We are very grateful for this type of exposure, not just for the student-athletes from the two schools, but for the entire community of students representing the Ivy League," said Yale's Director of Athletics Tom Beckett.
Yale-Harvard Football Television Details
Nov 16, 2003