ODU And Cox Communications Partner To Televise Football Opener
By ODU Athletics
Aug. 10, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion University athletic director Jim Jarrett and Cox Communications senior vice president and general manager Gary McCollum announced today that the University's historic opening football game on Sept. 5 against Chowan University will be produced and aired live by Cox.
Cox Communications will produce the game which will air live locally in Hampton Roads on Cox 11 at 6 p.m., in addition to being carried live on the Cox system in Northern Virginia and Roanoke, and on The Comcast Network which includes the Richmond market.
"The excitement around our football program has been incredible and televising this first contest will provide an opportunity for everyone to see the game, as well as provide great exposure for our University and young football program throughout the state and region," says Jarrett.
The demand for football season tickets has exceeded the availability of seats at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. All seven home games this year are expected to be sellouts in the 19,782 -seat facility
Gary McCollum, senior vice president and general manager of Cox, said, "We're thrilled to spotlight ODU's return to the gridiron while at the same time giving cable customers more local sports programming. With the demand for tickets exceeding ticket supplies, we expect many will tune-in to root for the Monarchs at the new Foreman Field."
The talent for the broadcast includes John Castleberry, former long-time ODU men's basketball play by play radio announcer, who has anchored numerous televised football games for Comcast, as well as Cox.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services. Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com, www.coxbusiness.com, and www.coxmedia.com. In Hampton Roads, Cox has more than 400,000 basic cable subscribers.