Contact: Alan Grosbach, NAIA Manager of Communications and Sports Information
Kansas City, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is excited to announce that the 2016 NAIA Football National Championship will be delivered live on ESPN3 in high definition. Second-ranked Baker (Kan.) (14-0) and No. 4 Saint Francis (Ind.) (12-1) square-off in the championship game, set for kickoff on Saturday, December 17 at 6 p.m. EST from Daytona Beach, Fla.
“Over the past three years, we have developed a strong relationship with ESPN to help give coverage to our terrific student-athletes, and we are excited about continuing that relationship with the 2016 football title game,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “With this opportunity, we have been able to reach a more broad audience than we have before for our championships. It is incredible that our student-athletes can showcase their skills on a wide-variety of devices around the country.”
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices through WatchESPN and the ESPN app to fans who receive their video or internet subscription from an affiliated provider.
For the third-consecutive year, the NAIA Football National Championship takes place at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach, Fla. Municipal Stadium, which was built in 1988, is the home field of NCAA Division I Bethune-Cookman (Fla.). The City of Daytona Beach serves as championship hosts.
Throughout the regular-season, ESPN3 streamed multiple NAIA schools and conferences – including the Heart of America Athletic Conference and Indiana Wesleyan University – as they hit the courts and fields in front of a national audience. The NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship has also called ESPN3 home, as it streamed the live match earlier this month for the second-straight year.
Future coverage on the ESPN family of networks will be announced at a later date.
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The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of college athletics programs that are dedicated to student-centric, character-driven intercollegiate athletics. NAIA members provide more than 65,000 student-athletes with opportunities to play college sports, earn $500 million in scholarships and compete in 25 national championships.