Bolstered by a free preview extending its reach by another 17 million homes, CBS College Sports Network will salute our nation's services academies by presenting a special week of programming honoring Army, Navy and Air Force.
Kicking off Tuesday Oct. 26, CBS College Sports Network's "Armed Forces Week" will pay tribute to the service academies with a series of encores of their football games from the current season, present a trio of dedicated documentaries taking viewers inside the institutions and run a series of vignettes from members of Congress recognizing the military students' sacrifices. The network will culminate the action with live coverage of their home games on Oct. 30."
CBS College, which counts some 40 million subs, will boost its base to some 57 million from Oct. 25 through Nov. 6, as Time Warner Cable, Dish, Charter, Mediacom, Cox (select markets), Comcast (select markets) and BrightHouse (select markets), among other distributors, have committed all or a number of systems to additional carriage. The network is supporting the preview with customized cross-channel promos and Web banners.
Whereas last year CBS College incorporated behind-the-scenes visits with students from each service academy into one film, this time around it has forged the storylines to take deeper looks at a pair from each. The Air Force, Navy and Army versions of the half-hour docs will bow on the network on Oct. 26, 27 and 28, respectively, at 8:30 p.m. (ET).
"We've expanded our coverage with three Inside Academy Football documentaries, plus other elements," said Steve Herbst, CBS College executive vice president and general manager. "These features and the free preview really help shine a light on the network."
CBS College also will screen the the Inside Academy Football documentaries on Oct. 26 aboard the U.S. Intrepid, moored in Pier 86 in Manhattan, where the floating sea, air and space museum will play bivouac to representatives of the service academies and other members of the military community.
As for game day on Oct. 30, CBS College will kick off its coverage with the Armed Forces Salute Pre-Game Show at 11 a.m. In addition to previewing the day's action, the show will showcase attendant features, including the aforementioned vignettes, and air an interview with U.S. Army Lieutenant General David Rodriguez, Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command & Deputy Commander, United States Forces - Afghanistan.
From there, CBS College has scheduled a tripleheader of academy home games in high-definition, starting with Virginia Military Institute visiting Army at noon, Duke at Navy at 3:30 p.m. and Utah visiting Air Force in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.
USAA, Coca-Cola, Golden Corral and Toyota Scion are the supporting sponsors for the network's Armed Forces Week.
With the freeview extending through Nov. 6, more viewers will have the opportunity to check out the channel's trio of contests that Saturday, pitting Air Force-Army, Memphis-Tennessee and in a game with Bowl Championship Series intrigue, TCU-Utah.
"The two-week preview will give fans a chance to watch all of our Armed Forces Week coverage, plus our Tuesday night block of The Tony Barnhart Show and Inside College Football," said Herbst. "We finish up with a great tripleheader, including a battle for the Commander in Chief's trophy and Utah and TCU, a game [likely] involving top 10 teams with national championship implications."