Comcast Coming to Rider
Wrestling Match and Basketball Game to be Televised
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Comcast Network is coming to Rider University’s Alumni Gymnasium November 16 to televise a wrestling match and again December 29 to televise a basketball game.
“We are pleased to once again partner with Comcast to promote our basketball and wrestling programs in our targeted geographic region,” said Don Harnum, Rider Director of Athletics. “Comcast is well known for producing quality sporting events and we are excited to work with them on these two high profile events.”
On Saturday, November 16 Comcast will televise the Rider-Penn State wrestling match live, beginning at 4pm. Penn State is the three-time defending NCAA Division I National Champion.
“We’re very excited about having the number one team from the last three years coming in,” said Rider head coach Gary Taylor. “Having it televised by Comcast is a wonderful opportunity for very positive exposure of Rider University and our wrestling program from Northern Virginia up to New England.”
Rider finished runner-up in its final season competing in the Colonial Athletic Association last year and sent four wrestlers to Nationals. This year, competing in the EWL, Rider begins the season with four wrestlers ranked among the top 32 in the nation.
On Sunday, December 29 Comcast will televise the Rider-University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball game, live at 12 noon.
“I'm looking forward to playing another local and formidable opponent in the University of Penn,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett. “The last time we played them in 2011 we lost a close game to them in overtime here at Rider.”
Rider won 19 games last season and finished in second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Broncs return a pair of All-MAAC starters this season.
Rider lost in overtime to Penn during the 2011-12 season. The Broncs won the first two meetings with the Quakers, in overtime during the 2003-04 season at Rider and in regulation at the Palestra during the 2004-05 season.
In the Fall of 2008, Comcast Corporation announced that CN8 would be restructured into two more locally focused networks in the Philadelphia and DC areas. The Comcast Network serves local viewers with more targeted sports programming and public affairs. The network was launched on January 6, 2009.
On most cable networks TCN is on channel 8, or channel 846 in HD. On the Verizon System it is channel 99 in Philadelphia. In State College it is channel 9.
The Comcast Network is available to every TV distributor - cable, satellite and telco - that serves viewers in the network's territory [roughly defined as the Greater Philadelphia area, including Eastern & Central PA, South NJ and Delaware, subject to league rules and restrictions].
The Penn game will be one of 10 Rider basketball games televised this year. Rider will also appear on the Big Ten Network, the Patriot League Network, Fox Sports 1, ESPNU and ESPN3.