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MW, ESPN Announce Partnership

In case you missed it, the Mountain West Conference announced a national television deal with ESPN earlier this week. The new deal, which is in addition to the agreement the conference already has with CBS Sports Network, will mean that up to 44 football and 56 men's basketball games will be televised annually on their various platforms.

Here is the official release from the Mountain West:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West Conference announced it has reached agreement with ESPN to be a national television rights holder for Conference-controlled football and men's basketball games. The agreement, which begins with the 2013-14 season, was announced by Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president, college sports and Craig Thompson, MW Commissioner.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

CBS Sports Network remains the primary rights holder for the Mountain West. As part of this new agreement, CBS Sports Network and ESPN will alternate game selections (after initial picks by CBSSN) in football and men's basketball with ESPN controlling the rights to Boise State home football games. CBS Sports Network retains the rights to Bronco road football contests.

"The Mountain West looks forward to rejoining the ESPN networks beginning with our 15th season this fall," said MW Commissioner Craig Thompson. "Coupled with CBS Sports Network, we anticipate tremendous national exposure over several outlets as the league continues its growth and development."

"The Mountain West Conference and its member schools are committed to competitive excellence in intercollegiate athletics, and we think the strength of our programs on the courts and fields reflect this commitment," said Dr. Anthony A. Frank, Chair of the MW Board of Directors and President, Colorado State University. "We're also committed to providing our student-athletes, alumni and fans national access to our competitions, and we believe this agreement with ESPN is a further step in ensuring this availability and increasing our visibility to fans of college athletics nation-wide."

Between the two networks, up to 44 football and 56 men's basketball games will be televised annually on their various platforms. The CBS Sports Network and ESPN agreements are scheduled to run concurrently through 2019-20.

The Mountain West is in the process of negotiating an agreement for the inaugural MW Football Championship Game with CBS Sports Network, and has retained rights to sell additional packages on the MW Digital Network and to regional/local carriers.

Here are the links to the releases from the Mountain West and ESPN.

Kaepernick Joins the First Lady

Fresh off his appearance in the Super Bowl as the San Francisco 49ers' starter, former Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick joined First Lady Michelle Obama, a host of other prominent athletes and thousands of school children and teachers in Chicago on Thursday, Feb. 28 to launch the Let's Move! Active Schools program, an initiative to bring physical activity back into schools.


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(the above picture was tweeted by the First Lady)


Kaepernick is the second Wolf Pack student-athlete to join the First Lady's initiatives to fight childhood obesity and improve the health of children in the nation. He is sponsored by Nike and the company donated $50 million to the initiative. Former Wolf Pack basketball star Tahnee Robinson is involved in the Let's Move! In Indian Country initative, joining Michelle Obama for a clinic at the White House and filming a public service announcement. Click here to watch her PSA.


Kaepernick did a great interview with the NFL Network this week, talking about his experience with the First Lady (he taught her to "Kaepernick" with her) as well as his thoughts on the Alex Smith trade.


More information about Let's Move! Active Schools is available at LetsMoveSchools.org.

New Season Ticketholder Wins 49ers Passes

New Wolf Pack football season ticketholder D'Arcy Ellisen of Escalon, Calif., will get a chance to see former Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick in person next year.

Ellisen is the winner of Nevada's Colin Kaepernick season ticket contest and will receive four tickets and pregame field passes to the San Francisco 49ers' home opener this fall. She was randomly selected in a drawing from all Wolf Pack fans who renewed or purchased new season tickets prior to February 1.

Ellisen said that she and her family first came to Wolf Pack games when her daughter, now a sophomore, decided to attend the University of Nevada. Her family came to check out the university and became fans of the Silver and Blue. The 2013 season will be her first year as a season ticketholder, and Ellisen and her family will make the three-hour drive from Escalon for Nevada home games.

"We really enjoy the games. Nevada is a great place to watch football," she said. "We're looking forward to next season."

Season tickets for the 2013 season are currently on sale, starting at $90 per seat.  Fans can buy season tickets online at NevadaWolfPack.com or by calling (775) 348-PACK.

The country has gone crazy for Kaepernick

It's been a wild two weeks for Nevada graduate Colin Kaepernick.

His NFL Playoff debut left the country (and the Green Bay Packers) spinning as he set an NFL record with 181 rushing yards to go along with 263 yards through the air in leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 45-31 win.

That led to an appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kaepernick.

He followed that up with a brilliant performance on Sunday, leading the Niners to a 28-24 win over the Falcons in Atlanta. The victory came in comeback fashion as San Francisco trailed 17-0 in the first half. Of course, Kaepernick leading his team to victory after falling behind by 17 points is nothing new.

Now comes a cover appearance on ESPN the Magazine, along with newspapers around the country as the media tells the story of Kaepernick and his background running the Pistol offense at Nevada. 

On Feb. 3 in New Orleans, Kap will become the eighth Nevada player to take part in a Super Bowl and the first Wolf Pack quarterback. New Nevada football coach Brian Polian pointed out just how special it is for Nevada to have a Super Bowl quarterback.

Wednesday night, the Northern Nevada community will show its support for Kaepernick by holding the "largest Kaepernicking party in the world" during the men's basketball game against San Diego State in front of a nationally televised audience on CBS Sports at Lawlor.

USA Today Story on Colin Kaepernick

Most Wolf Pack fans know the story of Colin Kaepernick's life, but with his success as the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback the last few weeks, the nation is learning about what a special person he is.

In case you missed it, here's a great story about Kaepernick by USA Today's Robert Klemko. It talks about his childhood, his family, his turtle and his NFL career so far.

Phi Delta Theta Helps to "Green" Mackay Stadium

Ever wonder what happens to the thousands of bottles that fans drink at Mackay Stadium?

The University of Nevada's Media Relations Office wrote a great story about the Phi Delta Theta fraternity which has donated its time to the Wolf Pack Recycling program on campus after football games this year.

According to the story, the group collects approximately 50 pounds of recycling after each home football game.



Time Lapse of Mackay Stadium

The University of Nevada posted this great time lapse video from last week's Homecoming win over Wyoming at Mackay Stadium on its YouTube channel.

Wolf Pack fans have just three more chances to see the football team in action at Mackay Stadium this season, starting with next Saturday's game with San Diego State.

If you still need tickets for the three remaining home games vs. San Diego State, Fresno State and Boise State, check out the new State Pack that we just created. Prices range from $60-$81 each plus a $6 delivery fee. Click here to buy your State Pack now.

Don't miss your chance to see the Wolf Pack in action at Mackay Stadium this season.

Nevada-UNLV Television Info

Here's some information on this week's Battle for the Fremont Cannon football game, which will be played at noon on Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

The game is being produced and broadcast on the new Time Warner Cable SportsNet, which launched Oct. 1. To find out if your television provider has TWC SportsNet available, visit www.twcsportsnet.com.

Charter Communications in Northern Nevada will carry the exclusive broadcast of the game. It will be on Charter channel 3 in Reno, Fallon, Fernley, Silver Springs and Lake Tahoe. In the Carson City and Gardnerville areas, the game will be carries on Charter 15.

Great Day For Kaepernick

Nevada alum Colin Kaepernick scored his first career NFL touchdown on Sunday when the second-year pro ran one in from seven yards out on San Francisco's win over the New York Jets.

Kaepernick had a good game for the 49ers overall but he might be receiving more attention for the touchdown he didn't score than the one he did. The USA Today explains here.

"Coach to Cure MD" Week

When Nevada hits the field at Texas State's Bobcat Stadium on Saturday, the Wolf Pack's coaching staff will be wearing patches on their sleeves to promote awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Coach To Cure MD is a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), a professional organization for over 10,000 college football coaches and staff, and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest national charity devoted exclusively to Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
In 2008 the AFCA adopted PPMD's Coach To Cure MD program as one of their charity efforts. One reason the AFCA was drawn to Coach To Cure MD was because of the unique parallels between Duchenne, a disorder which robs young men of precious muscle strength and college football, a game where young men are at the peak of their muscle strength.
How can you help? Here is a simple way: Text CURE to 90999 to donate $5.