NFL Network Goes Collegiate

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Not content with sitting on the sidelines awaiting its first live National Football League game telecast, the NFL Network will air a live college football game on Oct. 6.

The network will air the 2007 Circle City Classic game between Historically Black Colleges Winston-Salem State University Rams and Florida A&M University Rattlers this Saturday from Indianapolis, beginning at 4 p.m. The game will mark the network’s first ever regular-season live college football telecast, although it has aired bowl games in the past.

Proceeds from the 13-year old Circle City Classic game will help fund scholarships and youth initiatives for its founders, the Indiana Black Expo and the Indiana Sports Corporation. Since 1984, over $1 million have been awarded to deserving Indiana natives who pursue higher education. 

As part of its telecast, the network will also air the presentation of the Classic’s “Chase Major Taylor Award” – given to African-American athletes and coaches who have made significant local and national contributions to youth initiatives -- to Tony Dungy, coach of the Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts and Olympic gold medalist and WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings, according to the network. 

The network will begin its eight-game primetime slate of NFL games Thanksgiving night, with the Colts-Atlanta Falcons contest.