Locos RB DeDe Dorsey breaks a tackle (UFL).
NESN Joins VERSUS and HDNet in Broadcast Partnership
New York, N.Y. (Monday, July 26, 2010) – The United Football League (UFL) announced today that the New England Sports Network (NESN) will join VERSUS and HDNet as its newest broadcast partner for the 2010 season. The UFL will play a 10-week schedule in its second year of play, and the league is set to kick off the season with a pair of games on Saturday, September 18th.
“We are excited for this opportunity to help showcase the UFL,” NESN Executive VP Joel Feld commented. “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.”
Adding a third broadcast partner is something that UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue says is another huge step for the league.
“We continue to make progress in bringing our games to a wider television audience through three established and innovative broadcaster partners,” Huyghue stated. “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.”
In addition to its television deals, the UFL will also stream its games live on the league website at www.ufl-football.com. Of the three broadcast partners, VERSUS will be the network to air the UFL Championship Game, which will take place on Thanksgiving Weekend.
“We look forward to the second year of the UFL on VERSUS,” said Jeff Goldberg, Vice President of Programming. “Through our telecasts, these five teams will have national exposure on the fastest growing sports cable network in the country.”
A second year with HDNet was solidified earlier this year when Chairman Mark Cuban officially became an investor in the UFL. Initially, Cuban was going to become involved with the UFL by becoming a team owner, but he later decided that a stake at the league level was the way to go.
“The game is fun, it’s exciting and the talent level is off the charts, and we want to be a part of it,” Cuban remarked. “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 UFL will conduct its sophomore season with five member clubs – Florida Tuskers, Hartford Colonials, Las Vegas Locomotives, Omaha Nighthawks and Sacramento Mountain Lions – with an expansion team in Norfolk, Virginia, joining the league in 2011. The league made major splashes earlier this summer when three-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper signed with its Sacramento franchise and NFL veteran tailback Ahman Green inked a deal with the Nighthawks.