Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - A national television audience will have the chance to watch the 102nd all-time meeting between football arch rivals Penn and Princeton. Kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Princeton Stadium is set for 3 p.m. on the VERSUS network.
VERSUS is the fastest growing sports cable network in the country and is now in more than 75 million homes. The network will broadcast at least three Ivy League games in 2010 and 2011, beginning with this season's Penn-Princeton matchup on the first Saturday in November.
“We are excited to extend our partnership with the Ivy League for the next two seasons and we look forward to the opportunity to once again present several of the League’s marquee matchups to a national audience,” said Jeffrey Goldberg, Vice President of Programming for VERSUS.
This will mark the third straight year in which VERSUS has partnered with Ivy League Football and the Quakers have been selected as part of the national network's package each year. In 2008, Penn's Homecoming game at Franklin Field was showcased on VERSUS as the Quakers fell in the final minutes, 34-27 to Brown, the eventual Ivy League champion. Last year, the Red and Blue were featured on the network in its Ivy League opener, a 30-24 win over Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. It was the first win of the year for the Quakers as they would not lose another game for the rest of the season en route to an Ivy League-record 11th outright Ivy title.
This is also the second consecutive Penn-Princeton game to be aired on national television at Princeton Stadium. In 2008, the Quakers topped the Tigers, 14-9 during a primetime Friday night appearance on ESPNU.
In all, this is the fourth nationally televised Penn football game in the last three years. The remainder of the television schedule and game times for the 2010 Penn football season will be released later this summer.
The VERSUS network is the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR). VERSUS also airs NASCAR, NBA, UFC, college football and college basketball programming. Penn is the first Ivy League game on the network in 2010, while the other two Ivy football games to appear are Brown at Dartmouth on Nov. 13 and Yale at Harvard on Nov. 20.
The Quakers will begin their 134th season with practice in late August. The first game for the 2010 team will take place on Sept. 18 against Lafayette at Franklin Field.