NBC Sports to Present Three HBCU College Football Games This Season
As the college football season kicks into gear, NBC Sports will present three college football games highlighting HBCU universities this season: the Bayou Classic, the Toyota HBCU New York Football Classic, and the HBCU Pigskin Showdown.
Kicking off NBC Sports’ 2022 HBCU college football programming roster is the inaugural HBCU New York Football Classic on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. ET on Peacock and CNBC. Howard University and Morehouse College, two of the country’s most prestigious HBCU’s, will faceoff in the momentous debut game from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
On Saturday, Nov. 26, NBC Sports will present the 49th annual Bayou Classic as Southern and Grambling renew their storied football rivalry at 2 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. NBC Sports and the Bayou Classic recently announced a three-year media rights extension, extending a historic partnership which began in 1991.
NBC Sports will present the HBCU Pigskin Showdown, a college football all-star game for student-athletes from HBCU institutions, on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. ET on Peacock and CNBC. Taking place at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala., located just southwest of Selma, Ala., the HBCU Pigskin Showdown provides a platform for student-athletes to showcase their talent to a national audience and perform in front of NFL scouts.
Through NBCU Academy – a journalism training and development program designed to prepare college students and young professionals for careers in the news and media technology industry – NBC Sports will present select students from HBCU institutions with professional development programming, including the opportunity to cover HBCU events for NBCSports.com.
NBC Sports will showcase the celebrated tradition and pageantry of the HBCU gameday experience at each event, including the Bayou Classic’s Battle of the Bands between the Southern and Grambling State marching bands as well as the spectacular drum line performances and the battle of the bands between Morehouse’s ‘House of Funk’ and Howard’s ‘Showtime’ marching bands at the HBCU New York Football Classic.