SNHU Announces Expanded NESN Broadcast Package for 2016-17

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University Department of Athletics & Recreation has reached an agreement with NESN, New England's most watched sports network, to carry at least 13 games across four different sports, with the potential to televise several more, including potential baseball and softball games, once NESN's spring schedule is finalized. The broadcasts, which will air on NESNplus and NESN National, will be produced by Pack Network, SNHU's partner in offering live video webcasts in 13 different sports.

"SNHU Athletics is thrilled to be broadening our partnership with NESN," said Southern New Hampshire Associate Director of Athletics, Tom Wilkins. "The first two years of airing Penmen basketball games – and broadcasting two baseball games last season – were a huge success. It is exciting to be able to add to what we have been doing the last couple of years and showcase our nationally- and regionally-relevant soccer and softball teams. We are extremely happy to continue to share the tremendous student-athletes, coaches and programs we have at SNHU with the fans, alumni, members of the Penmen family and the greater New England community." 

SNHU will begin the schedule by airing its first men's and women's soccer matches on NESNplus, with the women hosting Merrimack College on Oct. 4 (7 p.m.) and the men playing the first of two games on NESNplus on Oct. 19 (7 p.m.) against Saint Michael's.

For the third straight year, NESNplus will carry men's and women's Penmen basketball games, with 10 current tilts on the docket. The first hoop games to air will be a women's (5:30 p.m.) and men's (7:30 p.m.) doubleheader against crosstown rival Saint Anselm College on Nov. 16.

Scott Sudikoff will call the soccer action this season, with Jacob VanRyn delivering color commentary. Sudikoff, based in Boston, has appeared on the American Sports Network, ESPN3, the Ivy League Digital Network and NESN. He also serves as a play-by-play voice for Harvard, UMass Lowell and the Boston Breakers of the NWSL. VanRyn, who has worked on Penmen broadcasts the past two seasons, is a seasoned New England broadcast professional and will lend insight into the Northeast-10 during broadcast as he currently serves as the league's Associate Commissioner for Strategic Communications. VanRyn will also anchor both baseball and softball broadcasts.

Dan Hannigan will handle play-by-play duties for basketball with VanRyn at his side for the third straight year. Hannigan has 20 years of experience as the University of Maine men's ice hockey radio voice. Hannigan has earned Maine Sportscaster of the Year honors on multiple occasions and was at the microphone for Maine's 1999 national championship win as he called the game-winning goal for Maine radio.

NESNplus is seen in over 4 million homes on nearly every television provider in the six-state New England region. In addition to carrying select Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox games, NESNplus also carries a variety of college football, hockey and basketball games from major conferences across the country.

NESN National is the national television service of NESN that provides fans outside New England the best opportunity to follow the Red Sox, Bruins and other New England sports, particularly those who also watch Red Sox and Bruins games through MLB and NHL league packages. NESN National delivers NESN's Red Sox and Bruins pre and post-game shows, NESN Sports Today, New England college sports and Liverpool FC delayed broadcasts. NESN National is available in over 100 television markets via AT&T Uverse, Bright House Networks, Frontier Communications, Time Warner Cable and Verizon Fios. NESN programming is also available nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network.

A Boston-based video production company, Pack Network was founded in 2007 and specializes in affordable, high-definition video solutions throughout the Northeast. Pack Network productions range from online webcasts to televised productions with over 300 live sporting events broadcast last season, many of which were delivered using cutting edge IP transmission technology. To learn more, visit packnetwork.com or facebook.com/packnetwork. 

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2016-17 SNHU NESN BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Sport

Date

Opponent

Time

Women's Soccer

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Merrimack

7 p.m.

Men's Soccer*

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Saint Michael's

7 p.m.

Men's Soccer

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Assumption

7 p.m.

Women's Basketball

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Saint Anselm

5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Saint Anselm

7:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 3

Bentley

1:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 3

Bentley

3:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 10

Saint Michael's

1:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 10

Saint Michael's

3:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Assumption

5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Assumption

7:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball

Saturday, Feb. 11

Merrimack

2 p.m.

Men's Basketball

Saturday, Feb. 11

Merrimack

4 p.m.

* = Game not available on NESN National