The Lafayette Sports Network will provide live coverage of all 11 games on the 2013 Leopards football schedule for the 11th straight season. LSN is partnering with ESPN on as many as 10 broadcasts for distribution of LSN telecasts on ESPN3 and ESPN GamePlan.
LSN’s broadcast team will double in size for telecasts of home games from Fisher Stadium as Matt Provence, the voice of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs since their inception, will host a game day set from within Bourger Varsity Football House. A pair of Lafayette All-Americans—Phil Ng ’88 and Maurice Bennett ’06—will join Provence as analysts. The new members of the broadcast team will handle LSN’s pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.
Gary Laubach will handle all of the Leopards’ play-by-play duties for the 17th season and will be joined by analyst Mike Joseph ’88 for his fourth year in the television booth. In his 16th year as a member of the broadcast team, John Leone, associate director of major gifts, will report from the sidelines.
LSN’s traditional live distribution to more than 10 million viewers on RCN-TV and WBPH-60, covering all of Eastern Pennsylvania, will be enhanced again this season by live coverage on all of RCN’s cable systems in major markets along the East Coast. RCN subscribers in Boston (226,000), New York City (250,000), Philadelphia (382,000), and Washington, D.C. (131,000) will be able to watch Lafayette games live on the RCN-TV network. In addition to standard definition dial positions (four in the Lehigh Valley and eight elsewhere), RCN-TV can be seen on the HD tier (1004 in the Lehigh Valley and 608 elsewhere).
Nationally, LSN telecasts will be picked up for the 13th straight year by DirecTV and DISH Network outlets, through WBPH-60 and the Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). All televised games will be available live on WBPH-60, located on channel 60 on DIRECTV and 8169 on DISH Network in the Philadelphia market.
MASN, which is available regionally and nationally on DirecTV channel 640 and DISH Network channel 432, is the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, and Baltimore Ravens and reaches nearly six million homes in a seven-state region from Harrisburg, Pa., to Charlotte, N.C. Many LSN football telecast will air with tape delay on MASN or MASN2.
LSN’s telecast of the 149th meeting of college football’s most-played rivalry, Lafayette vs. Lehigh, will be carried live Nov. 23 by MASN2 on DIRECTV 641, DISH 433.
All 11 contests will be streamed live worldwide on GoLeopards.com. A full-season subscription to live streaming broadcasts is available through GoLeopards.com for $39.95 or on a monthly basis at $9.95. The CBS College Sports XXL package, which includes content from all CBS College Sports Online member schools, is available for $119.95 annually or $14.95 per month.
Select games will air live on ESPN3 and WatchESPN, ESPN’s streaming services, as part of LSN’s continuing partnership with ESPN. Many LSN telecasts will also be distributed on ESPN GamePlan, ESPN’s pay-per-view service available through DirecTV, DISH Network, and several cable systems nationally. LSN’s distribution on ESPN3, WatchESPN, and ESPN GamePlan will be announced on a weekly basis throughout the season.