ATLANTA – ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE) is expanding its Historically Black College & University (HBCU) college sports coverage this fall thanks to a new deal with Urban Sports & Entertainment Group (USEG, urbansportsgroup.net) The network will broadcast a total of 11 live and encore HBCU football games, beginning Saturday, September 6th through Saturday, November 15th. Six football games will be live, with three match-ups exclusive to ASPiRE. The live games include the Inaugural Classic (Alabama State v. Tennessee State), the annual Tuskegee – Morehouse Classic, and the CIAA Championship Game. The schedule also features two appearances by the CIAA’s Winston-Salem State University Rams and five best-of black college football games under the banner “HBCU Playback Game of the Week,” hosted by Rashan Ali (@RashanAli, CBS Sports commentator, “Weekend Express”) and Doug Stewart (@2livestews, “2 Live Stews,” ESPN commentator).
These games and more will be featured during the all-new season of the weekly black college sports series “Inside the Game” (aspire.tv/shows/inside-the-game), hosted by ESPN host/analyst/producer Stan Lewter (@slewter13). Produced by Urban Sports & Entertainment Group, “Inside the Game” returns on Friday, September 11 at 10 p.m. EDT.
“We are proud to bring Historically Black College & University (HBCU) college football back to ASPiRE with an expanded schedule of highly-anticipated, key match-ups,” said Paul Butler, general manager, ASPiRE. “We’re excited to work with Urban Sports & Entertainment Group again and to welcome sports commentators Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart to the ASPiRE family.”
“We are proud to have the opportunity to partner with ASPiRE for a second season by adding more live HBCU programming for their viewers,” said Thomas Grabowski, President/CEO, Urban Sports & Entertainment Group. “ASPiRE is committed to relevant and engaging content that genuinely serves the community and we are delighted to be part of their team.”
The football games to be broadcast on ASPiRE are:
• Game #1: September 6th, Alabama State vs. Tennessee State (Inaugural Classic), Montgomery, AL – 5:00 p.m. EDT (exclusive)
• Game #2: September 13th, HBCU Playback Game of the Week – 1999 Gold Coast Classic: Grambling State vs. Winston-Salem – 6:00 p.m. EDT – Hosted by Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart
• Game #3: September 20th, Winston-Salem vs. Tuskegee, Winston-Salem, NC - 6:00 p.m. EDT (exclusive)
• Game #4: September 27th, HBCU Playback Game of the Week – 2007 CIAA Football Championship: Shaw University vs. Virginia Union –6:00 p.m. EDT – Hosted by Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart
• Game #5 – October 4th, HBCU Playback Game of the Week – 2002 Tuskegee Morehouse Classic: Tuskegee vs. Morehouse – 6:00 p.m. EDT – Hosted by Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart
• Game #6 – October 11th, Tuskegee vs. Morehouse (Classic), Columbus, GA – 5:00 p.m. EDT (exclusive)
• Game #7 – October 18th, Winston-Salem vs. St. Augustine (Homecoming) – 1:30 p.m. EDT
• Game #8 – October 25th, HBCU Playback Game of the Week – 1997 Carolina Classic: NC Central vs. Winston-Salem – 1:30 pm EDT – Hosted by Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart
• Game #9 – November 1st, HBCU Playback Game of the Week – 1994 Hampton University vs. Norfolk State – 1:30 EDT – Hosted by Rashan Ali and Doug Stewart
• Game #10 – November 8th, Virginia Union vs. Virginia State – 1:30 p.m. EST
• Game #11 – November 15th, CIAA Championship Game – 1:30 p.m. EST
Produced by USEG, “Inside the Game” is the nation’s longest-running sports highlights show devoted exclusively to black college sports. Hosted by ESPN analyst Stan Lewter, the weekly series provides viewers with football and basketball highlights, interviews and features from Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) institutions around the country. Now in its 20th year, the show is the source for up-to-date black college sports highlights, tailgating, cheerleaders, bands, player profiles and HBCU legends from Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and independent schools.