PHILADELPHIA - In a deal announced by the Ivy League and NBC Sports Network on Thursday, the University of Pennsylvania football team will be broadcast on national television three times in 2012. The 15-time Ivy League champions will appear on the network at Dartmouth on Sept. 29, at Yale on Oct. 20 and against Harvard at Franklin Field on Nov. 10. All three games will kick off at noon.
The Quakers have been selected as part of the national network's package each year and six times in total. Penn is 4-2 all-time on VERSUS/NBC Sports Network. Overall, this will mark the sixth straight year the Quakers have at least one national television game and the third time in the last five years they have been seen across the country on at least three occasions.
Last year, the Quakers set a school record with four nationally televised games. The Red and Blue topped Dartmouth on Fox College Sports with a last-minute touchdown in the first night game at Memorial Field. They also went 2-1 on the VERSUS Network, which included a pair of dramatic fourth-quarter comeback wins.
NBC Sports' college football studio team of Liam McHugh, Doug Flutie and Hines Ward will provide pre- and post-game coverage on NBC and/or NBC Sports Network every Saturday of the college football season. Game commentators will be announced closer to the start of the season.
The NBC Sports Network, previously branded as VERSUS, has televised 17 Ivy League football matchups featuring all eight schools over the past four seasons. The eight-game package comes on the heels of the Ivy League and the NBC Sports Group announcing a two-year renewal of their national television rights agreement for football, men's basketball and men's lacrosse games last month.
NBC Sports Network, part of the NBC Sports Group, is the cable television home of the London Olympic Games, NHL, IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, and more.
Penn, which finished 5-5 overall and in second place in the Ivy League at 4-3 in 2011, returns 39 letterwinners, including 17 starters and three All-Ivy honorees. The Quakers will officially begin their 136th season with practice in late August and the first game on Sept. 15 at Lafayette. Penn's first home game is set for a week later, Sept. 22, against cross-city rival Villanova in another edition of the Schuylkill Showdown - which will be followed by the first of three games on the NBC Sports Network.
The remainder of the team's media schedule and game times will be announced later this summer. See below for a complete schedule of the Ivy League on NBC Sports.
2012 Ivy League Football on NBC Sports
Schedule subject to change; all times ET
Sept. 22: Yale at Cornell, 1 pm, NBC Sports Network
Sept. 22: Harvard at Brown, 4:30 pm, NBC Sports Network
Sept. 29: Penn at Dartmouth, Noon, NBC Sports Network
Oct. 13: Brown at Princeton, Noon, NBC Sports Network
Oct. 13: Bucknell at Harvard, 3:30 pm, CBS Sports Network
Oct. 20: Penn at Yale, Noon, NBC Sports Network
Nov. 10: Harvard at Penn, Noon, NBC Sports Network
Nov. 17: Yale at Harvard, Noon, NBC Sports Network