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.