Fans of Milwaukee Marquette football will be able to get a large dose of the team this season.
ESPN Milwaukee (AM-540) will broadcast each of the team’s games this season. Gabe Neitzel, co-host of “Homer and Gabe”, will handle the play-by-play duties and Mike Podoll, associate publisher of “This is AFCA Magazine” for the American Football Coaches Association, will take care of the color commentary.
A number of schools around the state have radio stations that broadcast all their football games, but those schools are usually in smaller towns or cities where there are fewer schools to rally around. There are about 100 teams in the Milwaukee area.
Previously the station would broadcast one game each week that would feature different schools.
What made Marquette appealing?
“When teams have gone to the postseason, we’ve aired a number of different teams and we found that Marquette University High School has been very successful in terms of a broadcast,” said Emily Dillinger, Director of Communication and Education for Good Karma Brands, the owner of ESPN Milwaukee. “And so we were thinking about how we could provide consistent coverage to a specific team in the area and provide that to the community. Marquette University seemed to be a natural fit.”
Dillinger said the fan engagement and streaming numbers for Marquette games the station previously broadcast were a factor in choosing that team to cover exclusively. ESPN Milwaukee doesn't have exclusive rights to broadcast Marquette games, Dillinger said. When asked if a financial investment had been made by either side to get the games on air, she declined to comment.
Marquette has a long history – it opened in 1857 – with a tradition of successful football teams. This year the school will play its 1,000th game Sept. 9 at home against Menomonee Falls.
Marquette’s complete schedule can be found here.
Source : jsonline.com