Football fans, take notice: Tomorrow, it’s West Point vs. Annapolis, and when the service academy rivals meet up for the 110th time, CBS Sports will not only broadcast the game on TV, but stream it online for free.
Starting on 2:30 p.m. ET (that’s 11:30am for those of us on the West Coast), sports fans can tune into CBSSports.com for a live webcast of the the 110th Army-Navy College Football Classic. The game will also be available through CBS Sports’ Live College Games application that iPhone and iPod touch users can download from the iTunes App Store. Oh, and there will also be live streams on FLO TV and V CAST, so Verizon and AT&T customers without iPhones can join in on the fun as well.
As with previous broadcasts, the game will be streamed using Flash and offer a bunch of bells and whistles, including in-game stats, social network integration and live chat.
The Army-Navy match has been called America’s Game, and it’s traditionally been the culmination of the college football season. CBS Sport’s took this as a reason to give us a quick tally of its online efforts, nothing that over the course of the year, CBSSports.com has broadcasted audio and video webcasts of more than 11,000 games.
Granted, the numbers of fans tuning in online aren’t quite on par with TV audiences yet, but CBS Sports sees a growing demand. The recent SEC Championship game attracted 91,401 viewers consuming 144,236 total hours of live video. In 2008, only 39,369 fans tuned in online, according to the network.