New tv deal can put FIU on the map

Photo by Kristi Camara

Samir Bader // Staff Writer

Conference USA released its preliminary schedule stating that six out of 12 FIU football games will be televised on CBS Sports, American Sports Network, ESPNU and beIn Sports. The news was released on June 8.

This deal gives the Conference the attention they have been looking for. Why do I say that? Well, think about how many teams you can name in C-USA without looking on the internet; it may not be very many.

This isn’t just benefiting FIU, but it also brings publicity for the entire conference, especially in this day and age where every huge sporting event is on a flat-screen television.

“I think it’s going to be great for FIU because now they are going to get more media coverage and more exposure because not too many people know about the team,” FIU student Diana Obregon said when asked about the new television deal.

Indeed, the deal will provide more exposure to the Panthers and possibly help evolve the FIU history and tradition. Not only will this deal stir things up for FIU Football, but it could provide more exposure for other teams in the future like the basketball and baseball teams, who are in the C-USA as well.

This television deal could help draw more interest in recruitments, fans and sports media in general. The first of the six games will be the season home opener against the Indiana University Hoosiers on Thursday, Sept. 1.

The rest of the games being televised are listed below:

Thursday, Sept. 1; Indiana at FIU (ESPNU); 7:30 p.m. ET

Friday, Sept. 9; Maryland at FIU (CBS Sports Network); 7:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Sept. 24; UCF at FIU (beIN SPORTS); 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Oct. 1; Florida Atlantic at FIU (beIN SPORTS); 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Nov. 5; FIU at WKU (beIN SPORTS); 5:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Nov. 19; Marshall at FIU (American Sports Network); 7 p.m. ET

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