Ball State University’s football team’s 35-23 win over Navy last Friday was televised nationally by ESPN and viewed in nearly 1.2 million homes. The game was the best regular season national television rating for a Mid-American Conference home game since 2005.
"The exposure Ball State University received from the football game was tremendous in a lot of ways," Ball State athletics director Tom Collins says. "It was a great night for the football team, the university, the Muncie community and a great game for a national television audience. Our football program has reached the point where we warrant national television exposure, and that is a very good thing. Games like this give our alums and fans all around the country the opportunity to watch their football team and allow us to showcase beautiful Scheumann Stadium."
The 1.2 rating translated into 1,164,083 homes for the telecast, and was the best for a MAC team since the Sept. 9, 2005, Ohio upset of Pittsburgh, which drew a 1.6 rating.
Ball State’s football team will continue to be showcased in television games this season. The Cardinals will play at Indiana Sept. 20, on the Big Ten Network, and host Kent State Sept. 27 for a Homecoming Game televised by ESPN Regional. In addition, Ball State will host Northern Illinois Nov. 5, on ESPN2 or ESPNU, play at Miami University Nov. 11, on ESPN2, play at Central Michigan Nov. 19 on ESPN2 and finish the regular season with a Nov. 25 home game vs. Western Michigan on ESPN 360.