The Wesleyan vs. Amherst football game to be played in Middletown, Conn. at noon on October 21 will be the ECAC Game of the Week and televised live on NESN.
This will be the third time in Wesleyan history that one of the college's football games has been televised in some capacity. During the 1998 season, Comcast Cablevision in Middletown recorded the Wesleyan vs. Trinity football game in Middletown and broadcast it on a tape-delayed basis several times over the weeks that followed. Wesleyan's only live broadcast took place during the 1988 season when Channel 26 in New London, Conn. televised the Wesleyan at Coast Guard contest.
Amherst and Williams have been televised on both ESPN2 and NESN over the past five years in their season-ending Little Three clash.
NESN has assigned long-time commentator Tom Larson as the play-by-play announcer while former New England Patroit and Boston College standout Mike Ruth will provide the color commentary. Roaming the sideline will be Pete Guiney.
NESN is carried by almost every cable network in the state of Connecticut and by a vast majority of systems throughout New England. It is also available to Direct TV subscribers as channel 623.
The game between Wesleyan and Amherst will be the 106th meeting of the two colleges, dating back to 1882. It is one of the oldest rivalries in the nation. Amherst, which won the 1999 contest in Amherst, 28-14, holds a 56-40-9 edge in the series and has won each of the last six games, including an overtime thriller, 34-28, the last time the teams faced each other in Middletown during the 1998 season.