Conference USA announced Wednesday that a new television partner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, will produce and distribute over 100 events over the next two years. Those games will be part of the newly-launched American Sports Network (ASN) which is led by Sinclair Chief Operating Officer Doron Gorshein.
Sinclair owns and operates, programs and provides sales services to 162 television stations in 78 markets, reaching approximately 40 percent of U.S. television households. It includes FOX, ABC, CBS, MyTV, CW, NBC, Univision and Azteca affiliates. The agreement encompasses an extensive slate of live, local sporting events, including football, basketball, soccer and other sports with the opening of this year’s college football season. Thirty C-USA football games will be televised on Sinclair stations.
Among the set of football games identified are a pair of Charlotte home games: Sat., Sept. 6 vs. Johnson C. Smith and Sat., Nov. 15 vs. Wesley College. Both games are slated for a 12 pm kick.
WCCB Charlotte, which is the local television partner of the 49ers and media rights holder IMG College, will air the two ASN games, in the Charlotte market. In addition, WCCB will produce and broadcast the remaining four games on the 49ers home schedule. The WCCB production crew for their four dedicated home games will include Sam Smith providing play-by-play, Brett Basanez and Jeff Zell sharing color commentary duties and WCCB sports anchor Brandon Davidow serving as sideline reporter.
This is the second straight season that WCCB has broadcast each of the 49ers home football games.
In addition, Sports Radio 610AM WFNZ The Fan is preparing for its first season as the Charlotte IMG Sport Network’s flagship home for 49ers football. The broadcast crew remains intact with longtime Voice of the 49ers Matt Swierad handling the play-by-play, Kevin Donnalley returning for color commentary and Bobby Rosinski serving as sideline reporter.
On home Saturdays, WFNZ will air a college football pre-game show from the 49ers tailgate village from 10-11:30 a.m. with Primetime host Chris Kroeger and Richard Walker. That show will visit at times with Swierad and Donnalley in the stadium radio booth between 11:00-11:30 before handing the entire show over for the 49ers Pregame Show from 11:30-12:00. For road games, WFNZ will keep to a similar format with the pregame show beginning one hour prior to kickoff.
WFNZ’s sister station, CBS Sports Radio 1660, will air the 49ers Coaches Show, Monday evenings from 7-8 pm from its new location: BlackFinn American Saloon in uptown Charlotte’s Epicentre. The 49ers Coaches Show will begin, Monday, Aug. 25 with head coach Brad Lambert.
Charlotte 49ers Home Football Television Schedule:
Date Opponent Time Production Distribution
Sept. 6 Johnson C. Smith 12 noon ASN WCCB
Sept. 27 Charleston Southern 12 noon WCCB WCCB
Oct. 15 James Madison 12 noon WCCB WCCB
Nov. 8 Coastal Carolina 12 noon WCCB WCCB
Nov. 15 Wesley College 12 noon ASN WCCB
Nov. 22 Morehead State 12 noon WCCB WCCB