Every Army home game will be live

NEW YORK -- Army and ESPN have reached a five-year
multimedia agreement, guaranteeing live television coverage of
every Black Knights home football game to fans and troops around
the world.

Under the agreement announced Wednesday, all games at Michie
Stadium and select neutral-site games in which Army is the home
team will be available on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic or ESPNU, its
new college sports station. ESPNU also will offer coverage of seven
additional men's or women's Army athletic events a year.

The games will be available live and free of charge to soldiers
and military personnel around the world.

"I can't begin to say what a big boost this is for our
program," Army head coach Bobby Ross said. "I know people say
that Dallas is America's team, but I think we are. In the past, the
only opportunity they've really had to see us play was during the
Army-Navy game. This gives them an opportunity to see each and
every one of our home games. And let me say this, they are very

The contract includes at least one Army football game on ESPN or
ESPN2 each year, with additional telecasts split between ESPNU and
ESPN Classic. Every game will be available on ESPN360, while some
will be offered on ESPN's subscription service, College GamePlan.

In addition, if Army becomes bowl-eligible, the Black Knights,
who are leaving Conference USA to play again as an independent,
would gain special consideration for an at-large berth to appear in
one of the bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Regional

In order to maximize exposure, Army will play at least one game
a year on Thursday or Friday, and potentially two contests in
Saturday prime-time.

For 2005, ESPN2 will televise Army's home game against Iowa
State on Friday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m.