The Wesleyan vs. Amherst football game played in Middletown, Conn. at noon on October 19 was the ECAC Game of the Week and televised live on NESN.
It was the fifth time in Wesleyan history that one of the college's football games was televised in some capacity. Last season, Wesleyan was featured on NESN with an ECAC Game of the Week, hosting Williams. Two years ago, Wesleyan had its NESN debut when it hosted Amherst. 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 first 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 by either ESPN2 and NESN over the past seven years in their season-ending Little Three clash.
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 was the 108th meeting of the two colleges, dating back to 1882. It is one of the oldest rivalries in the nation. Wesleyan captured the 2002 contest, 14-13, to break an eight-game losing streak against the Lord Jeffs. Amherst, which won the 2001 contest in Amherst, 23-0, holds a 58-41-9 edge in the series.