UFL Announces Its 2010 Broadcast Schedule Including Two Games on NESN

The United Football League has announced its broadcast schedule for the upcoming season. Once again, HDNet and Versus will air games nationally, but in a first, NESN will air two games involving the Hartford Colonials. As it did last season, Versus will air the UFL Championship Game. Here’s the press release with the broadcast schedule.

VERSUS and HDNet return as broadcast partners for second UFL season;
New England Sports Network to air two Hartford Colonials home games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJACKSONVILLE, FL – Monday, July 26 – The United Football League announced today its 10-week, 20-game 2010 regular season broadcast schedule and kickoff times.

Returning broadcasters VERSUS and HDNet are joined in 2010 by the New England Sports Network (NESN), which will broadcast two of the Hartford Colonials’ home games during the upcoming fall season. Games will also be streamed live on www.UFL-Football.com

“We continue to make progress in bringing our games to a wider television audience through three established and innovative broadcaster partners,” said UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue. “VERSUS and HDNet were pioneers in introducing our quality product to the nation’s sports fans in 2009 and we are delighted to partner with them again and to also welcome another strong broadcasting ally in NESN.”

VERSUS will feature eight regular season UFL games on Saturdays and one Thursday evening, beginning with the Sacramento Mountain Lions’ first home game against the Florida Tuskers at Hornet Stadium in Week 2 on Saturday, September 25 at 8pm PST/11pm EST. VERSUS will also broadcast the UFL Championship Game on the Thanksgiving holiday Friday, November 26 at 3pm between the top two teams in the final regular season standings at a venue to be determined. 

“We look forward to the second year of the UFL on VERSUS,” said Jeff Goldberg, Vice President of Programming for the network.  “Through our telecasts, these five teams will have national exposure on the fastest growing sports cable network in the country.”

HDNet, whose Chairman Mark Cuban became a UFL investor in 2010, will broadcast ten regular season games, including the 2009 UFL Championship Game rematch between the Las Vegas Locos and Florida Tuskers at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, September 18 at 8pm PST / 11pm EST.  The much-anticipated clash moves back 24 hours from the original UFL schedule.

“The game is fun, it’s exciting and the talent level is off the charts and we want to be a part of it,” said HDNet Chairman Mark Cuban.  “We believe last year was just the beginning and the best is yet to come from the UFL.  We are going to broadcast games in the highest quality nationwide and our priority is to grow viewership, grow the fan base and really help the UFL succeed.”

The HDNet cameras will also televise the debut of the expansion franchise Omaha Nighthawks at Rosenblatt Stadium against the Hartford Colonials at 7pm on Friday, September 24 at 7pm CST / 8pm EST.

HDNet is the independent network with unique and thought provoking content that is delivered in true high definition and is available on AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Insight, and Verizon FiOs. 

The UFL 2010 season-opening game will now be played in Hartford, CT, when the New England Sports Network (NESN) cameras capture the hometown Colonials at home to the Sacramento Mountain Lions at 2.30pm EST on Saturday, September 18. 

NESN is delivered to more than four million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network.  The definitive home for New England sports programming; NESN has been the top rated regional sports network in the country for six consecutive years.

“We are excited for this opportunity to help showcase the UFL,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president and executive producer.  “We feel that the UFL is a television property that offers us great upside and is poised to grow in the coming years once fans see the entertaining and competitive football action that the league offers.”

For season ticket information, fans may visit www.UFL-Football.com/tickets.

2010 United Football League Broadcast Schedule

Wk.   Date                    Game                                  Kickoff       Kickoff          Network

                                                                                  (local)         (EST)
  1      Sat., Sept 18      Sacramento at Hartford        2:30pm       2:30pm            NESN
          Sat., Sept 18      Florida at Las Vegas            8:00pm       11:00pm         HDNET
  2      Fri., Sept 24       Hartford at Omaha                7:00pm        8:00pm           HDNET
          Sat., Sept 25      Florida at Sacramento         8:00pm        11:00pm        VERSUS
  3      Thurs., Sept 30  Las Vegas at Florida            6:00pm        6:00pm          VERSUS
          Sat., Oct 2          Sacramento at Omaha         7:30pm         8:30pm           HDNET
  4      Fri., Oct 8           Omaha at Las Vegas           7:00pm         10:00pm         HDNET
          Sat., Oct 9          Florida at Hartford                 3:00pm          3:00pm        VERSUS
  5      Fri., Oct 15         Las Vegas at Sacramento   8:00pm         11:00pm         HDNET
          Sat., Oct 16        Omaha at Hartford                 3:00pm          3:00pm           NESN
  6      Thurs., Oct 21    Sacramento at Florida          7:00pm           7:00pm         HDNET
          Sat., Oct 23        Hartford at Las Vegas          12:30pm         3:30pm       VERSUS
  7      Thurs., Oct 28    Las Vegas at Omaha             7:00pm          8:00pm         HDNET
          Sat., Oct 30        Hartford at Sacramento         8:00pm         11:00pm      VERSUS
  8      Fri., Nov 5          Omaha at Florida                    8:00pm           8:00pm        HDNET
          Sat., Nov 6         Sacramento at Las Vegas     8:00pm         11:00pm      VERSUS
  9      Thurs., Nov 11   Hartford at Florida                   7:00pm          7:00pm         HDNET
          Sat., Nov 13       Omaha at Sacramento           8:00pm         11:00pm      VERSUS
 10     Fri., Nov 19        Florida at Omaha                   7:30pm           8:30pm        HDNET
          Sat., Nov 20       Las Vegas at Hartford           3:30pm           3:30pm       VERSUS

          Fri., Nov 26        Championship Game                tbc                3:00pm      VERSUS

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