ABC-7 and FOX-22 are excited to announce an agreement with Learfield Sports/Black Bear Sports Properties’ and the University of Maine that will allow us to broadcast Black Bear sporting events for the upcoming season. “It was imperative to us to develop a television package for the Black Bears that was beneficial for the University and a quality deliverable for the fans,” said Learfield Sports’ Chief Content Officer Joe Ferreira. “We are excited about the local, statewide and national distribution we’ve assembled with our ABC/ FOX and FOX College Sports agreements, knowing we are giving the fans first-class production and games in all HD.”
Maine athletic director Steve Abbott says the school is especially happy about the technological advances that come with the move. “We are very excited to be able to present our games in High Definition. This will be a dramatic improvement for our fans that will greatly enhance their viewing experience.”
In total, 3 football games and 7 hockey games will be aired during the next year. It’s expected a number of basketball games will also be broadcast once the teams schedules are known. ABC-7 and FOX-22 Vice President & General Manager Mike Palmer says “It is a terrific fit for the station. We recently picked up the rights to broadcast some Husson University football and basketball. This made us hungry for more. We have long been the sports leader locally, with the NFL, MLB, NBA and Nascar. Now with Husson University and Black Bear football and hockey, we are the clear local sports leaders in the state of Maine.”
The actual schedule of games that will be broadcasted will be released in the coming weeks.
Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.
In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at [email protected].