NEW YORK—Year three of the Al Bagnoli Era of Columbia Football will feature four national television games as part of the Ivy League TV package, the conference announced on Monday afternoon. In addition, official game times on Columbia’s 2017 scheduled were also released.
Columbia will appear on Eleven Sports Network four times including games at Princeton on Sept. 30, vs. Penn on Oct. 14, at Dartmouth on Oct. 21 and vs. Harvard on Nov. 4. All 10 Columbia football games will be broadcast either on television or broadband distribution, including the Ivy League Network (available online at ILN.tv). All games appearing on Eleven Sports will be simulcast on the Ivy League Network. Eleven Sports can be accessed on Verizon Fios (channel 597), RCN (channel 571), Google Fiber (channel 251), DirectTV (channel 623) and MediaCom (channel 679 or 879). For more information on Eleven Sports, please visit elevensportsnetwork.com.
As a conference, the television package will experience a league-record 23 games featuring all eight schools across five networks in 2017: NBCSN, CNBC, Eleven Sports, NESN and TCN. The increased package includes at least one national broadcast each week of the season over the league’s 10-week campaign. Six of those broadcasts will be carried live on the NBC family of networks over the conference’s 10-week season, with five on NBCSN and one game on CNBC. The remaining 16 contests will air on NESN (four games), the Comcast Network (two) and Eleven Sports (10).
In addition, game times for all 10 Columbia football games were also announced. Columbia will host five games at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium (corner of 218th Street and Broadway in New York City) in 2017. The Lions open their season against Wagner on Saturday, Sept. 16 for Northern Manhattan Neighbors Appreciation Day at 1 p.m. The following week on Saturday, Sept. 23, Columbia will host Georgetown in the third annual Lou Little Cup game at 1 p.m. Homecoming Weekend 2017 is slated for Saturday, Oct. 14 against Penn (1:30 p.m.). Columbia hosts Harvard on Saturday, Nov. 4 (1 p.m.) and concludes its season by hosting Brown on Saturday, Nov. 18 (1 p.m.).
Columbia will play five road games including its Ivy League opener at Princeton (Saturday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m.), a non-conference contest at Marist (Saturday, Oct. 7 at noon), Ivy League matchups at Dartmouth (Saturday, Oct. 21 at 12:30 p.m.), Yale (Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.) and Empire State Bowl game at Cornell (Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m.).
Columbia begins preseason practice on Monday, August 21. All players will report to camp on Saturday, August 19. The Lions return 13 starters (seven on offense and six on defense) and 61 letterwinners to a youthful and talented team that finished 3-7 overall and tied for a sixth place finish in the Ivy League with a 2-5 record. The 2016 Lions concluded their season with a victory at Brown, while five of their seven losses were decided by 10 or fewer points. Three All-Ivy League picks return in freshman placekicker Oren Milstein, junior defensive back Cameron Roane and junior defensive lineman Lord Hyeamang. Additionally, Columbia will return players who accounted for 88 percent (162 of 185) of its points scored, 82 percent (1,651 of 2,014) of its passing yards, 51 percent (1,037 of 2,014) of its receiving yards, 60 percent (3 of 5) of its starters on the offensive line and 49 percent (333 of 680) of its tackles in 2016.
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