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    Southland Football League Announces FOX Sports Net Television Deal

    Aug. 9, 2000


    Contact: Bruce Ludlow (214) 750-7522

    DALLAS -- With the 2000 collegiate football season set to begin in three weeks, the Southland Football League announced today that FOX Sports Net will televise part of the SFL schedule for the fifth consecutive year. Plans to televise two SFL games have been finalized with other games still under consideration.

    Both contests are on Thursdays and will air live at 6:30 p.m. Central Time on Fox Sports Net's Southwest affiliate in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and parts of New Mexico. In addition, both games will be carried live in Alabama on the network's South affiliate.

    The Southland Football League crowned co-champions last season and each will be featured in these television games. Co-champion Troy State, which advanced to the 1999 NCAA quarterfinals, will host Southwest Texas on Oct. 12. Then on Oct. 26, co-champion Stephen F. Austin will visit Jacksonville State.

    Gary Reasons and Kevin Eschenfelder will return to the booth to handle color commentary and play-by-play duties, respectively.

    Reasons, a Northwestern State All-American, was a nine-year National Football League standout who helped the New York Giants win two Super Bowl championships. He was also the first player in NCAA Division I-AA history to win All-America honors in three successive seasons. During his career as a Demon from 1980-83, Reasons, a College Football Hall of Fame inductee in 1996, recorded 394 tackles.

    Eschenfelder is the host of Southwest Sports Tonight.

    FOX Sports Net delivers programming to more than 7 million viewers through its Southwest affiliate and 1.2 million in Alabama.


    Oct. 12 Southwest Texas at Troy State 6:30 p.m. CST

    Oct. 26 Stephen F. Austin at Jacksonville State 6:30 p.m. CST