ROOT SPORTS Announces 2016 Mountain West Football TV Schedule

DENVER, Colo. – ROOT SPORTS™ and the Mountain West Conference announced today that the network will televise eight live MW football games in 2016. This will mark ROOT SPORTS’ fourth season as the official regional television partner of the Mountain West.

ROOT SPORTS will kick off coverage on Thursday, September 1 from University Stadium in Albuquerque as the New Mexico Lobos host the South Dakota Coyotes. The Thursday night kickoff is a first for both universities and the first non-Saturday home opener for New Mexico in 20 years.

The 2016 season is highlighted with rivalry matchups between Northern Colorado at Colorado State (Sept. 17), as well as Air Force at Wyoming (Oct. 8). All matchups will be available exclusively on ROOT SPORTS in the Rocky Mountain region, with several matchups also available on ROOT SPORTS in the Northwest and Southwest territories. These three ROOT SPORTS regions combined reach nearly 10 million homes across 17 states.

ROOT SPORTS was nominated for two regional Emmy® Awards for its 2015 coverage of Mountain West football (winners will be announced in July). The network also won an Emmy® for its coverage of the Border War between Colorado State and Wyoming in 2014. Several familiar faces will return to the broadcasts as well, with Marc Stout and Drew Goodman splitting play-by-play duties and Sherdrick Bonner serving as analyst.

The Mountain West sent a record eight teams to postseason bowl games in 2015, with San Diego State and Boise State also making appearances in the AP and Coaches Top 25 rankings. Nine MW players were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, including Boise State linebacker Kamalei Correa, who was selected 42nd overall by the Baltimore Ravens. Colorado State also had multiple players selected in the draft for the third consecutive year.

The complete ROOT SPORTS 2016 Mountain West Football Telecast Schedule is below. Please check with your provider regarding ROOT SPORTS channel information in your area or visit ROOTSPORTS.com/channelfinder.
 
About ROOT SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS™ is the television home of the Colorado Rockies, Utah Jazz, Mountain West, Big Sky Conference and the University of Denver.  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 Rocky Mountain is owned and operated by AT&T Sports Networks, which operates regional sports networks in the Northwest, Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions. The four networks combined reach approximately 13 million households across 22 states and own exclusive rights to produce and distribute live events from more than 25 teams and conferences.    

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 Mountain West membership is comprised of 11 all-sport members: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San José State University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming. In addition, the University of Hawai‘i and Colorado College participate in the Mountain West as single-sport members in football and women’s soccer, respectively.

2016 Mountain West Telecast Schedule
All times listed are MT. Schedule is subject to change.
Territorial restrictions may apply.

Date                        Day                Opponent                                                    Time
September 1          Thursday       South Dakota at New Mexico                    7:00 p.m.
September 17        Saturday        Northern Colorado at Colorado State     2:00 p.m.
October 1               Saturday        San José State at New Mexico                   2:00 p.m.
October 8               Saturday        Air Force at Wyoming                                 1:30 p.m.
October 22             Saturday        Colorado State at UNLV                             3:30 p.m.
October 22             Saturday        ULM at New Mexico                                   7:00 p.m.
November 5           Saturday        Fresno State at Colorado State                1:30 p.m.
November 12          Saturday       Wyoming at UNLV                                      1:00 or 1:30 p.m.