Monon Classic inks 10th TV deal
Thursday, August 07, 2014 10:00 PM
For a 10th year, fans of one of college football's oldest and closest college rivalries, the Monon Bell Classic, will be able to see the game across America on AXS TV. The 121st football game between Wabash College and DePauw University, which will take place Nov. 15 in Crawfordsville, will be presented live beginning at 1 p.m.
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Wabash Head Football Coach Erik Raeburn is interviewed by former Little Giant quarterback Matt Hudson for the AXS TV broadcast of the 2013 Monon Bell Classic. AXS TV will carry the 2014 game - the 121st meeting between Wabash and DePauw - for the tenth time. Below: Mason Zurek and his Wabash teammates are the top pick to win the North Coast Athletic Conference in 2014, according the coaches’ annual preseason poll.
AXS TV, cable's premier destination for live entertainment, has televised the previous eight Wabash-DePauw contests (2006-13) and also covered the 2003 game.
"The Monon Bell Classic has some incredible traditions that date back to 1890 and AXS TV is thrilled to share them with our viewers," said AXS TV founder Mark Cuban." It is a unique and compelling college football rivalry and one we're happy to be a part of."
Again this year, as they have in the past, alumni and friends of the two colleges will gather on game day for telecast parties across the nation. They were held in more than 60 cities last year.
"We're thrilled to continue this great partnership," says Ken Owen, executive director of media relations at DePauw. "Our fans rave about the quality of the AXS TV coverage, and the network's ever-widening reach brings new interest to this great rivalry game every year."
"The work AXS TV has done has taken the Monon Bell Classic to new levels," adds Jim Amidon '87, chief of staff at Wabash College. "The telecast is easy to find no matter where you are across the nation, and the coverage of the game, the two colleges, and the great stories of this annual game are as good as you'll see on any network."
Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events, and mixed martial arts promotions.
Wabash and DePauw first met on the gridiron in 1890. In 1932, a locomotive belll from the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railroad Company, also known as the Monon Line, was donated and became the winner's trophy each year. Wabash holds a 58-53-9 lead in the all-time series, and is 39-37-6 since the Monon Bell was introduced. Wabash has won five straight Monon Bell Games.
To date, 17 contests in the historic series have been captured on DVD. The sets are a collaborative venture between DePauw and Wabash.
The Monon Bell Classic was voted Indiana's best college sports rivalry by fans of ESPN, and is noted in the DVD collection, ESPNU Honor Roll: The Best of College Football, as one of the nation's best annual clashes. The Monon Bell was featured on CBS' Sunday Morning and has twice been spotlighted in Sports Illustrated. The annual DePauw-Wabash clash is also detailed in Rites of Autumn: The Story of College Football, a book by Richard Whittingham. Indianapolis Monthly listed experiencing the game among "50 Things Every Hoosier Must Do."
Last November, ESPN's College GameDay included the Monon Bell in a look at great college football rivalries.
Ticket information for the 121st Monon Bell Classic will be announced in September.