SPORTSfever TV kicks off 8th season of College Football Game of the Week Thursday night


Cheyney visits Lincoln Thursday night in the "Battle of the Firsts" which kicks off the 8th season of the College Football Game of the Week on the SPORTSfever Television Network with a national and regional audience.

Live coverage begins at 7 p.m. on STN affiliates The Comcast Network, ESPN3, Blue Ridge Cable Network Channel 113, Tribune Broadcasting stations WPHL 17.4 and WPMT 43.3 and WETM 18.2.

The Battle of Firsts is a football rivalry between two of the first institutions of higher education for African-Americans. Cheyney was founded in 1837 and Lincoln was founded in 1854.

Both institutions were founded by the Quakers and have produced famous alumni. Thurgood Marshall and Langston Hughes graduated from Lincoln. Ed Bradley of CBS was a 1964 Cheyney graduate.

Athletically, NFL Players Andre Watters and James Big Cat Williams were Cheyney grads.

Lincoln stands out as the oldest HBCU because it was chartered in 1853 as a higher education institution granting degrees. Cheyney was founded in 1837 but did not award college degrees until 1914.

Lincoln has dominated the series 11 - 2 - 1.

SPORTSfever has televised 67 college football games since 2007 and has built the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference NCAA Division II Football brand, at least on statewide, regional and national TV. It is estimated that these telecasts have been seen by a total of more than 3 million viewers since 2007.

For the 2014 football season, the STN audience reach has increased dramatically.

The telecasts air on satellite (Dish 428 and DirecTV 659), PA cable networks (Comcast, Blue Ridge, Service Electric, Armstrong, Time Warner & others), regional and national sports networks (Root PA-WV-OH-NY, Fox Sports OH-IN-KY-PA-NY-WV, TCN PA-NJ-DE-MD-VA and ESPN3) and local commercial Tribune Broadcasting television stations WNEP, WPMT, WPHL and WETM in the six Designated TV Market Areas in Pennsylvania and throughout adjacent areas to PA in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, New York and Ohio--an estimated 14.4 million households.