Oct. 23, 2008
CBS Sports has reached an agreement to extend its broadcast rights to one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, the annual Army-Navy football game, through the 2018 season. As part of the new agreement, beginning in 2009, the game will be moved a week later and played on the second Saturday in December to conclude college football's regular season. The announcement was made today by Mike Aresco, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports; Kevin Anderson, Director of Athletics at the United States Military Academy and Chet Gladchuk, Director of Athletics at the United States Naval Academy.
"We celebrate today a proud moment for the Academies and CBS Sports," said Aresco. "The Army-Navy game is a national treasure and moving the game to the second Saturday in December will, over the next decade, permit the entire nation once again to embrace this great rivalry and its poignant traditions. There is no more fitting way to conclude the college football regular season."
"We appreciate the incredible enthusiasm the CBS family continues to display toward our nation's number one college football rivalry," said Gladchuk. "Knowing that a worldwide audience will now enjoy this event on a day exclusively dedicated to Army and Navy makes this game the focal point for all of college football."
"We could not be more pleased to announce that America's Game will be broadcast to a worldwide audience by CBS Sports for the next decade. CBS has proven to be an excellent partner for the Academies over the years and continues to share in our reverence for this time-honored rivalry," said Anderson. "We feel very fortunate that this great American tradition will continue to be delivered to servicemen around the globe with the care and respect that the leadership at CBS Sports provides."
The game also will be streamed live and free-of-charge on CBSSports.com, reaching the servicemen and women around the world.
The 109th meeting of the Army-Navy football classic will air live this year on Saturday, Dec. 6. (12:00 NOON-3:30 PM, ET), from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. In 2009, the annual Army-Navy classic will be broadcast on CBS Sports on Saturday, Dec. 12 (2:30 PM, ET). Each year during the new deal CBS Sports will present a special edition of its pregame show, COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, dedicated to the game and will feature the traditional parade of the Brigade of Midshipmen and the Corps of Cadets onto the field.
The Army-Navy game will be played on the second Saturday in December each year. The schedule for the length of the agreement is as follows:
December 12, 2009
December 11, 2010
December 10, 2011
December 8, 2012
December 14, 2013
December 13, 2014
December 12, 2015
December 10, 2016
December 9, 2017
December 8, 2018