Two Saint Mary football games will be broadcasted online this upcoming season.
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference announced Monday that 11 games will be broadcasted live on ESPN3, the online streaming channel part of the ESPN family of networks.
The KCAC is partnering with Tourbeau Sports Group to broadcast the games. The series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 when Ottawa University takes on Bethel College. Each week from Sept. 1 to Nov. 10 will feature a game between KCAC teams.
The Spires will play at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Avila University and will host Bethel College at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 13.
To access the games, fans will have to use the ESPN app on devices or by going to www.espn.com/watch. Most TV providers include access to the streaming service with cable packages that include ESPN and a simple login will allow fans to have access to the games and countless other live sports. The games will be simulcast live by Great Plains Television in the Wichita market.
Spires football coach Jay Osborne feels like the games will be great for Saint Mary and NAIA as a whole.
“I think it is phenomenal,” Osborne said. “It will get us exposure. Everyone knows ESPN.”
Osborne thinks the exposure will help with recruiting, especially since the NAIA is not as well known, he mentioned how he didn’t know about the level when he was younger.
The exposure will also allow standout players from the level to get recognized.
Osborne named various standout NFL players who played in the NAIA including current New York Giants defensive lineman Damon Harrison, a former NAIA All-American.
Osborne sees the program expanding if it brings success and hopes that it can lead to the games being broadcast on TV instead of just online.