National Collegiate Hockey Conference inks deal to TV coverage

Colorado College Tigers, practicing at the World Arena, are part of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

College hockey fans – including Colorado College Tiger fans – will be able to watch their favorite teams in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference on television in the 2013-14 season.

The newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which is based in Colorado Springs, inked a multi-year deal with CBS Sports Network to televise the games.

CBS Sports Network will be the exclusive national TV partner for the NCHC, which will feature eight of the nation’s top men’s college ice hockey programs.

“It is our goal to be the premier single-sport conference in intercollegiate athletics and the unmatched exposure and production quality that will be provided by CBS Sports Network will contribute significantly to realizing that vision,” said Jim Scherr, league commissioner.

The announcement was made jointly by Scherr and Dan Weinberg, the network’s senior vice president for programming.

The agreement calls for a minimum of 18 conference games, including the conference’s semifinal and championship contests. Six NCHC teams-to-be are included in the weekly Top 20 poll.

“College hockey has been a staple of our programming and we’re pleased to expand our coverage and further serve fans with compelling and competitive conference action,” Weinberg said.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference  members are: Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of North Dakota, St. Cloud State University and Western Michigan University.