BLACK BEAR HOCKEY TO BE SHOWN LOCALLY FRIDAY, SATURDAY
FOX 22, ABC 7 Granted Special Clearance to Air Games to Bangor Market
ORONO, Maine (March 13, 2014) – Black Bear hockey fans in Bangor will have the distinct opportunity to watch two games in the Hockey East Quarterfinal Series due to a unique arrangement granted by Hockey East, Providence College and Cox Sports New England, as announced today by University of Maine Athletics and its multimedia rights partner, Learfield Sports.
Special clearance to carry the games locally has been provided to UMaine's television partner, Rockfleet Broadcasting III LLC / Bangor Communications LLC, by Cox Sports New England and the Black Bears' opponent, Providence College. Fans will be able to watch this Friday's game on WFVX FOX 22 and Saturday's game on WVII ABC 7. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
"We're extremely pleased to gain access to these two games and grateful to Hockey East, Providence College and Cox Sports New England for making it permissible, bringing the best of Maine hockey to fans in the Bangor viewing area," said University of Maine's Director of Athletics Karlton Creech. "We also thank our television partner, WVII ABC 7 & and Fox 22, for their continued strong support of the Black Bears and willingness to adjust their programming schedule so we can broadcast the Black Bears locally."
In addition to the TV broadcasts, Black Bear fans can catch the Hockey East Quarterfinal Series' game action and related programming via the Black Bear Radio Network. In the event of a Sunday game, fans are encouraged to check with Hockey East (www.hockeyeastonline.com) for local listings and availability.
"It's been a privilege for us to carry the Black Bears, and we are definitely pleased to be able to bring two of the games from the Hockey East match up this weekend to viewers at home," said WVII ABC 7 and FOX 22 General Manager Mike Palmer. "We're fully dedicated to this partnership and providing the best broadcasts for UMaine fans and certainly hope the Black Bears wind up on top this weekend."
Learfield Sports' Black Bear Sports Properties is the company's local entity in Orono. In addition to Maine, Learfield manages multimedia rights and sponsorship for nearly 100 collegiate institutions and associations, and titles the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup with award co-founders NACDA and USA Today. The company's multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. To learn more about the company's 40-year history and complete portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.