Network adds 10 Mountain West matchups to extensive college football lineup

ROOT SPORTS™ and the Mountain West Conference announced today that the network will televise 10 live MW football games in 2013. This will mark ROOT SPORTS’ inaugural season as the official regional television partner of the Mountain West, and exemplifies the network’s commitment to providing superior college sports coverage.

The Mountain West is the home of several long-running and intense rivalries. Notable traditional matchups on the ROOT SPORTS’ 2013 telecast schedule include the Rio Grande Rivalry between New Mexico State and New Mexico (October 5), and the Border War battle for the Bronze Boot between Colorado State and Wyoming (October 19). All matchups will be produced in high definition and, in the Rocky Mountain and Northwest territories, will be available exclusively on ROOT SPORTS.

Coverage begins on August 31, with one of the nation’s top teams in rushing offense, Air Force, hosting Colgate live from Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Mountain West sent five teams to postseason bowl games in 2012, and welcomes two new members this season in San Jose State and Utah State. In addition to those schools, the conference is comprised of Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming.

“Our partnership with the Mountain West allows us to bring fans some of the most competitive college football in the region,” said ROOT SPORTS General Manager David Woodman. “These games demonstrate our commitment to showcasing the outstanding college programs in the Mountain West and are the central pillar of our robust 2013 schedule of major college conference sports.”

“The Mountain West is pleased to announce this schedule of 2013 football games, marking the start of what promises to be an innovative and mutually-beneficial partnership with our friends at ROOT SPORTS," said MW Commissioner Craig Thompson.  "Fans will enjoy the high-quality game telecasts, which will elevate the exposure for the Mountain West."

These Mountain West games are part of ROOT SPORTS’ comprehensive lineup of college football this season, featuring major conference matchups from coast to coast, including the Big Sky Conference, Big 12 Conference, Conference USA and Atlantic Coast Conference.

The complete ROOT SPORTS 2013 Mountain West Telecast Schedule is below. Please check with your cable or satellite provider regarding ROOT SPORTS channel information in your area.

About ROOT SPORTS™

ROOT SPORTS™ is the home of the Colorado Rockies, Utah Jazz, Mountain West Conference and Big Sky Conference.  The network reaches 2.5 million households across nine states and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are available in high definition.

ROOT SPORTS™ regional sports networks are operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC in the Rocky Mountain, Northwest, and Pittsburgh regions. The three networks combined reach 9 million households across 18 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 20 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world’s most popular television service.

About the Mountain West Conference

From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. The MW is comprised of 11 all-sport members and 12 football-playing institutions. Mountain West membership includes: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Hawai`i (football only), University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San Jose State University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming.

2013 Mountain West Conference Schedule

Date Game Time
Aug. 31 Colgate at Air Force 1 p.m.
Sept. 7 Idaho at Wyoming 2 p.m.
Oct. 5  New Mexico State at New Mexico  5 p.m.
Oct. 12  New Mexico at Wyoming 1:30 p.m. 
Oct. 19  Colorado State at Wyoming Noon 
Oct. 19 Utah State at New Mexico 7 p.m. 
Oct. 26  Wyoming at San Jose State 5 p.m. 
Nov. 2  New Mexico at San Diego State 6 p.m. 
Nov. 16  Colorado State at New Mexico 5 p.m. 
Nov. 30  Wyoming at Utah State Noon 

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