The American Sports Network is looking more and more like an attractive outlet for Southern Miss football, and there’s a decent chance some games will be televised in the New Orleans area this season.
While there’s no word yet on if USM games on ASN will be shown in the Hattiesburg or Jackson markets, WXXV out of Gulfport says it has the rights to broadcast seven USM games on ASN this season – Appalachian State (Sept. 20), Rice (Sept. 27), Middle Tennessee (Oct. 4), North Texas (Oct. 18), Louisiana Tech (Oct. 25) Marshall (Nov. 8) and UAB (Nov. 29).
A brief run-down: The American Sports Network is a new setup established by Sinclair Broadcasting, which has the rights to broadcast Conference USA games and some other smaller conferences. The games will be shown on stations owned by Sinclair and other stations, such as WXXV, that have picked up the games through syndication.
Old Dominion released a list of stations that will be showing ASN’s Conference USA games this season, and Cox Sports Television (CST), a regional cable sports channel out of New Orleans is among them.
CST, which carries New Orleans Saints preseason contests, has ASN’s Florida International-Bethune Cookman game on its schedule for this Saturday.
CST doesn’t have a broadcast calendar past this week so it's not clear what other C-USA games the station might pick up. However, it makes sense that Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss will be among the games that the station will show this season.
On the list linked to above, those are the stations that are supposed to bring C-USA games into as many as 66 TV markets. The list does not include WXXV, but I'm guessing that some local stations that will be picking up games through syndication are not included. Most of the networks on the list are Sinclair-owned.
Each station will choose which games it wants to televise. The ODU press release gives the impression that the ODU-Hampton game will be shown on all those stations, but the only C-USA game scheduled for CST Saturday is the FIU contest.
The American Sports Network was just announced in July so there are probably a lot of details still to be worked out. There's a good chance that ASN will also live stream games on its website, which has yet to launch.