Atlantic University Sport and Eastlink TV announce 2014 football broadcast schedule

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Source: AUS Communications

HALIFAX, N.S. – Atlantic University Sport and Eastlink TV arepleased to announce the 2014 football broadcast schedule, whichwill kick off on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m.

Ten AUS football games in total will be shown live and in highdefinition. Eight regular season games will air each Saturdaythroughout September and October.

These will be followed by theNov. 1 showing of the AUS semifinal and the Nov. 8 broadcast of theSubway AUS Loney Bowl championship game.

“Atlantic University Sport is proud to once again work withEastlink TV to provide broadcasts of AUS football live and in HDeach week this season,” says Phil Currie, executive director ofAtlantic University Sport. “Thanks to the commitment to qualityfrom the team at Eastlink TV, our fans know they can always lookforward to enjoying an extremely professional production. They to atremendous job showcasing our product to fans throughout AtlanticCanada and are a key partner in helping us achieve our vision ofbeing Canada’s ultimate student-athlete experience.”

First up on Eastlink TV’s AUS football broadcast schedule, theAcadia Axemen, led by head coach Jeff Cummins, will visit CoachKelly Jeffrey and his defending champion Mount Allison MountiesSaturday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. in Sackville, N.B. The Mounties willraise the 2013 AUS championship banner at the home opener as theylook to build on last season’s momentum. Their 2013 Loney Bowlvictory marked the team’s first championship win since 1997. TheAxemen, meanwhile, look to topple the Mounties who ended theirseason in last year’s AUS semifinal matchup.

The following Saturday, the Eastlink schedule features theAcadia home opener as the Axemen host the Saint Mary’s Huskies atRaymond Field. Fans will get their chance to get up close andpersonal with the Vanier Cup as it stops at Acadia that afternoonas part of the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup Tour. The historic trophy willvisit 15 schools across the country before arriving in Montreal forthe milestone CIS championship game.

The 2014 broadcast schedule will also include the Mount AllisonMounties’ homecoming game Sept. 20 where they will take on theSaint Mary’s Huskies in a rematch of the 2013 Subway AUS LoneyBowl. Interlock coverage will follow the next weekend as theHuskies host the Concordia Stingers of the RSEQ conference on theirnew turf field installed during the offseason.

Fans who aren’t able to make it to what is often thebest-attended regular season game in the conference can catch theStFX homecoming game on Eastlink on Oct. 4. Last year, 4,200fans filled Oland Stadium to watch the X-Men defeat the Mounties.This year the X-Men will host the Acadia Axemen.

Acadia’s own homecoming will air Oct. 18 on Eastlink as theytake on the Mounties.

The game to be broadcast Oct. 25, during the final week ofregular-season play is being labeled a ‘flex’ game, where Eastlinkwill have the option to air either contest that Saturday. It willbe contingent upon which of the two games has greater playoffimplications.

“We’re excited to begin what promises to be another excitingseason of local and regional sports on Eastlink TV,” said EastlinkTV’s vice president, Michael Smith. “We know how passionate sportsfans are in Atlantic Canada, and we’re proud to deliver exclusivecoverage of many of their favourite local teams and athletes.”

The AUS post-season will begin on Nov. 1 at 2 p.m., when thesecond-place team hosts the semifinal game. In the final EastlinkTV AUS football broadcast of the season, the winner will advance tothe 2014 Subway AUS Loney Bowl which will take place on Saturday,Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.

The Atlantic conference champion will then advance to the 2014CIS Mitchell Bowl which will be hosted Saturday, Nov. 22 by the OUAchampion. The Uteck Bowl and Mitchell Bowl winners will advance toplay each other in the 50th Vanier Cup Nov. 29 at 1p.m. at the Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal, Que.

The on-air team of Dan Robertson and John MacNeil will returnonce again to provide the play-by-play and colour commentary forthe eleventh consecutive season, while Cecil Wright will patrol thesidelines to provide in-game interviews.

Don’t miss the exciting season available in high definition onEastlink TV HD channel 610, or Eastlink TV channel 10, beginningSaturday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m.

The complete 2014 Atlantic University Sport football schedule,now available here, is listed below:

Week 1:
Friday, Sept. 5 – StFX at Saint Mary’s, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6 – Acadia at Mount Allison, 2p.m. (Eastlink TV)

Week 2:
Saturday, Sept. 13 – Saint Mary’s at Acadia, 2p.m. (Eastlink TV)
Saturday, Sept. 13 – Mount Allison at StFX, 2 p.m.

Week 3:
Saturday, Sept. 20 – Saint Mary’s at Mount Allison, 2p.m. *Homecoming(EastlinkTV)
Saturday, Sept. 20 – StFX at Acadia, 2 p.m.

Week 4:
Saturday, Sept. 27 – Montreal at StFX, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27 – Concordia at Saint Mary’s, 2p.m. (Eastlink TV)
Saturday, Sept. 27 – Mount Allison at Bishop’s, 2 p.m. (EST)
Saturday, Sept. 27 – Acadia at Sherbrooke, 4 p.m. (EST)

Week 5:
Saturday, Oct. 4 – Mount Allison at Saint Mary’s, 2p.m. *Homecoming
Saturday, Oct. 4 – Acadia at StFX, 2p.m. *Homecoming(EastlinkTV)

Week 6:
Saturday, Oct. 11 – Saint Mary’s at Mount Allison, 2p.m. (Eastlink TV)
Saturday, Oct. 11 – StFX at Acadia, 2 p.m.

Week 7:
Saturday, Oct. 18 – Mount Allison at Acadia, 2p.m. *Homecoming(EastlinkTV)
Saturday, Oct. 18 – Saint Mary’s at StFX, 2 p.m.

Week 8:
Saturday, October 25 – Acadia at Saint Mary’s, 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 25 – StFX at Mount Allison, 2 p.m.
(*FLEX GAME: Eastlink TV broadcast TBD)

Week 9: AUS Semifinal
Saturday, Nov. 1 – Third Place at Second Place, 2p.m. (Eastlink TV)

Week 10: AUS Championship (Subway LoneyBowl)
Saturday, Nov. 8 – Semifinal Winner at First Place, 2p.m. (Eastlink TV)

Week 11: Off Week

Week 12: Mitchell Bowl (Location TBA)
Saturday, Nov. 22 – AUS Champion at OUA Champion,TBA (Sportsnet)

Week 13: Vanier Cup (Percival MolsonMemorial Stadium – Montreal, Que.)
Saturday, Nov. 29 – Mitchell Bowl Winner vs. Uteck Bowl Winner, 1p.m. (Sportsnet)

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