LSU, Cox announce new TV partnership

LSU and Cox Sports Television (CST) have reached an agreement on a multi-year partnership that will allow CST to become the exclusive regional cable sports network of LSU Athletics, LSU Director of Athletics Skip Bertman and Cox Sports Television Vice President Rod Mickler announced on Tuesday.

The new television package will give LSU year-round exposure on the regional sports network and will include close to 40 LSU sporting events as well as monthly magazine shows featuring LSU athletics on Cox Sports Television.

"Cox Sports Television is elated to be the exclusive regional sports network home of LSU," Mickler said. "LSU fans within Cox Sports Television's coverage area, which includes most of the Gulf coast, will now be able to follow LSU athletics all year long. We know this will be the beginning of a long and mutually rewarding partnership with LSU."

Among the highlights of the deal include replays in their entirety of every LSU football game as well as live telecasts of five men's and five women's basketball games. Cox Sports Television, which can be seen in the Baton Rouge area on Cox cable channel 38, will also televise five baseball and five softball games as well as the LSU Spring Football game.

Other events planned for Cox Sports Television this spring include: a gymnastics meet, a 30-minute monthly magazine show, replays of all of the LSU coaches shows. Among the events planned for fall programming is the simulcast of LSU's football radio call-in show, Tiger Sportsline with Nick Saban.

"We are very excited about our partnership with Cox Sports Television," Bertman said. "This agreement is obviously very exciting for both LSU and Cox Sports Television, but this will also give our fans another avenue to watch one of the nation's premier athletic programs. We have some of the best athletes and top teams in the nation and Cox Sports Television will give us the opportunity to expose LSU athletics to hundreds of thousands of viewers on a daily basis."

Cox Sports Television, the home of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets, is an innovative 24-hour local sports network that delivers exclusive programming, including both professional and collegiate sporting events, to approximately 600,000 viewers in Louisiana, southern Mississippi, western Alabama and the Florida panhandle. Cox Sports Television is a part of Cox Communications Louisiana LLC, which is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the state of Louisiana.

The addition of Cox Sports Television to LSU's partnership with Louisiana Network Inc. (LN), will give Tiger athletics one of the most comprehensive television and radio packages in college athletics. LN is broadcast rights holder to the LSU Sports Network the LSU coaches TV shows and GameDay programs and will be handling sales of a percentage of the commercial inventory in the Cox Sports Television broadcasts.

Cox Sports Television's coverage of LSU athletics kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 13 when the LSU women's basketball team hosts Alabama at 7 p.m. This contest will be the first live broadcast under the new partnership.

Announcers for Cox Sports Television's LSU package will be announced in the coming days.

The following is a list of tentative events schedule for television in the coming months:

Women's Basketball
Thurs., Feb. 13 vs. Alabama 7 p.m. Live
Sat., Feb. 15 vs. Cal-Santa Barbara 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Noon
Thu., Feb. 27 vs. Arkansas 7pm Live

Baseball
Tue., March 25 at New Orleans 6:30pm Live
Tue., April 15 vs. Tulane 6:30 p.m. Live
Fri., April 25 vs. Tennessee 6:30pm Live
Wed., April 30 vs. New Orleans 6:30pm Live
Fri., May 9 vs. Auburn 6:30pm Live

Softball
Thu., March 6 vs. SE Louisiana 6:30pm Live
Sun., March 9 vs. Tennessee 11 a.m. Live
Sun., March 30 vs. Alabama 1 p.m. March 31 at 8 p.m.
Sun., April 13 vs. Kentucky 11 a.m. Live
Fri., April 18 vs. Ole Miss (Game 1) 5:30 p.m. Live

Gymnastics
Fri., March 7 vs. Georgia 7 p.m. March 11 at 8:30pm

Football
Fri., April 11 Spring Game TBA


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