ESPN TO TELEVISE FLORIDA STATE - MIAMI PRIMETIME MATCHUP ON LABOR DAY 2006 ACC Showdown The Monday Before ESPN's First-Ever Monday Night Football Telecast

For the first time, ESPN will televise a Labor Day matchup between college football powerhouses Florida State and Miami when the two ACC rivals meet at the Orange Bowl in primetime (time TBD) on Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, it was announced by John Wildhack, ESPN senior vice president, programming and ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford. The college football showdown will take place the Monday prior to ESPN's historic, first NFL Monday Night Football regular-season telecast.

The 2006 Florida State-Miami telecast will mark the third consecutive year the teams have scheduled to play on Labor Day; the previous two telecasts were featured on ABC Sports (note: the 2004 matchup was moved off Labor Day due to Hurricane Frances).

The unopposed Labor Day primetime window offers these elite ACC programs the much-deserved national spotlight, Wildhack said. This blockbuster matchup is appointment viewing for sports fans, and therefore an ideal companion to the most successful series in sports television history, Monday Night Football.

Swofford added, The ACC is pleased to announce that Florida State and Miami will meet again on Labor Day Monday in 2006. The Seminoles and Hurricanes rivalry is one of the greatest in college football and having these teams showcase their talents in front of a national audience to kickoff the season is tremendous.

"When all factors were weighed, it was collectively decided that playing next year's game versus Miami on Labor Day night was in the best interest of all parties concerned, said Dave Hart, Florida State director of athletics. Miami never had the opportunity to host the game on that day and the viewership and exposure for the ACC and both universities from our game 10 days ago was exceptional. Next year's game will serve as a marquee match-up for ESPN as a lead into their first year with the NFL Monday night package. The dynamics now associated with playing this game on that date certainly give pause to any long-term commitments: however, we will be receptive to revisiting it as circumstances warrant that consideration." Miami Director of Athletics Paul Dee said, The University of Miami is pleased to again appear on Monday Night Football, a great national tradition. We are especially pleased to be facing our friends and rivals from FSU. ESPN plans to support and promote the Florida State-Miami telecast extensively across its entities, including on-site pre-game programming from the Orange Bowl and much more.


The University of West Virginia release today that it will play FSU in 2012-13. The Mountaineers will play the first game in Morgantown on September 8, 2012, with a return game on September 14, 2013, in Tallahassee. No network television announcements were made surrounding the game.


In 2005, ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise more than 300 live regular-and post-season games in approximately 260 telecast windows, a record for the four networks. Last year, ABC Sports, ESPN and ESPN2 combined to present 216 games in 175 windows.


Beginning with the 2006 season, Monday Night Football will move to ESPN under an eight-year agreement between ESPN and the National Football League. ESPN will televise Sunday Night Football, the highest-rated series on ad-supported cable television every year since its 1987 launch, during the 2005 season. Monday Night Football will conclude a 36-year run on ABC this December. Debuting in 1970, Monday Night Football has been a landmark series in the history of American television. The new agreement calls for 17 regular-season Monday night games per season on ESPN -- featuring a new 8:30 p.m. ET telecast time (8:40 p.m. kickoff) -- plus four pre-season contests.

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