Sept. 8, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The Lafayette Sports Network and RCN have announced a seven-year extension of their television broadcasting partnership. RCN handles all production elements for Lafayette Sports Network telecasts, and has served in this capacity since LSN was founded in 1997.
The Lafayette Sports Network, named one of the best university-run sports networks in the country by Broadcast & Cable Magazine, has annually produced the most expansive and highest quality television package in the Patriot League.
"RCN is proud to have signed an exclusive agreement with the Lafayette Sports Network. RCN 4 will be bringing residents of the Lehigh Valley and beyond the best in local college sports programming with their continued coverage of Lafayette sports," said John Filipowicz, Vice President and General Manager, RCN of Pennsylvania.
"RCN has been with the Lafayette Sports Network from its inception and has proven to be a progressive, loyal and generous business partner," said Scott Morse, Lafayette's Director of Athletic Communications & Promotions. "We are excited that this highly successful partnership will continue well into the future."
The 2005 football season will see a Patriot League and NCAA Division I-AA best 11 contests hit the airwaves via the Lafayette Sports Network. This is the third straight year that the entire season will be televised.
In 2004-05, LSN and RCN combined to create 37 telecasts of Leopards sports. In addition to all 11 regular-season football games, a total of 20 basketball games (12 men's and eight women's), three baseball games, and matches involving the field hockey, men's soccer and women's lacrosse teams were broadcast. An indoor track and field dual meet between Lafayette and Lehigh has also been televised.
Lafayette Sports Network telecasts can be seen by more than 9.8 million viewers in the Lehigh Valley, all of Philadelphia, and the Pocono region. LSN telecasts can also be viewed in central New Jersey, New York City and Boston via the RCN cable systems. In the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Pocono areas, the telecasts air on RCN-4 and WBPH-60.
Nationally, the telecasts will be picked up for the sixth straight year by various DIRECTV outlets, available to more than 73 million viewers. CSTV (DIRECTV Channel 610) will continue as a major LSN partner, airing select telecasts to a national audience of more than 65 million households.
Emmy-nominated local sports broadcaster Gary Laubach has handled the bulk of the Leopards' play-by-play duties for all nine years. John Leone, Lafayette's Associate Director of Major Gifts, provides color analysis for football, basketball and baseball telecasts. RCN's Dan Mowdy is in his fifth year as a member of the announcing crew and handles analysis on the Leopards from the sidelines.
RCN remains the only true single-source provider in the Lehigh Valley to offer customers a bundle of communication services (Cable TV, Phone and High-speed Internet) delivered from one company, through one network connection, on one bill. RCN currently provides service to over 30 Lehigh Valley towns and communities.
RCN-4 brings the residents of the Lehigh Valley top quality local programming, which includes high school and college sports coverage, along with local studio productions such as The Jolly Joe Timmer Show, Community Spotlight, and The Edge.