No Blue-Gold Game This Year

In a surprising turn of events Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo has announced that the traditional Blue-Gold game will not take place this spring. Though the Mids will still have two high intensity scrimmages in which to impress their coach before heading home for the summer the final showdown has had to make way because of a scheduling conflict.

In a surprising turn of events Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo has announced that the traditional Blue-Gold game will not take place this spring. Though the Mids will still have two high intensity scrimmages in which to impress their coach before heading home for the summer the final showdown has had to make way because of a scheduling conflict. Any break of tradition at the academy raises the eyebrows a little, but hopefully the players will get through all their work without the grand finale.

Though the two aforementioned scrimmages will be open to the public it was announced today when and where the slate of Midshipmen home games will be able to be seen this fall. Navy's home opener against Delaware on Sept. 14 and November games against Hawaii (Nov. 9) and South Alabama (Nov. 16) will kick at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised by CBS Sports Network. The Homecoming game on Oct. 26 against Pitt will kick at 1 p.m. and will be televised by CBS Sports Network, while the Air Force game on Oct. 5 will kick at 11:30 a.m. and will be televised by CBS Sports Network or by CBS.

CBS has also confirmed that the network will continue its relationship with Navy through 2017 as part of a previously arranged TV deal, even though ESPN won the rights to show games from the Mids future conference on Tuesday. The specifics of the contract show that the Worldwide Leader will have rights the Midshipmen road games from 2015 while CBS continue to broadcast matchups at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. This actually works out as a win-win for the Academy as it continues a strong relationship with CBS while getting the bonus of having road games elevated to ESPN. The fact that every contest will now be broadcast to a national audience in some form or another should not be downplayed.

It will be interesting to see what happens when the Navy games against Notre Dame and Army come up for bidding in 2018. Though it is likely ESPN will want everything Navy under their umbrella it is obvious that those two rivalries are worth considerably more than the run of the mill (insert new conference name here) game will. It would be no surprise at all to see CBS or some other company step up and try to keep those marquee games off of cable television and add them to their own portfolio.

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