Liberty Flames Sports Network, the newly rebranded TV and radio network of Liberty University, launched this month, expanding coverage of Liberty athletics events to 80 million homes across the United States and even to the Middle East.
Live broadcasts of sporting events can now be seen each Saturday throughout the year on a wide network of national and regional platforms, including DirecTV, Dish Network, ESPN3, Verizon Fios and AT&T U-Verse, as well as the Middle East Television Network (METV), which provides programming in every cabled home in Israel and satellite coverage across the Middle East. (View the full TV broadcast list.)
LFSN was formerly The Flames Sports Network (FSN), which provided coverage of Liberty University’s athletics programs for more than two decades. The expanded network more than doubles Liberty’s previous audience for sports broadcasts.
“This is a natural extension for us,” said President Jerry Falwell, Jr. “As Liberty has gained national prominence as an institution dedicated to a strong evangelical mission, this new network will increase our exposure to an entirely new audience.”
For its first year, LFSN is broadcasting live Liberty sporting events on Saturdays, featuring football, hockey, soccer, or volleyball during its “Game of the Week” program, which includes a sports desk highlight show.
The network officially debuted on Sept. 7, with live coverage of Liberty’s first home football game, a 45-15 victory over Monmouth.
Starting Monday, Nov. 4, LFSN will also debut “Game On!,” a 30-minute daily program with national college sports news and highlights.
All of Liberty’s television broadcasts are being aired in full high-definition quality for the first time this fall. LFSN’s broadcast team consists of trained professionals who have worked for most of the nation’s major sporting networks, including ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NASCAR, SportSouth, Comcast, and FoxSports. The productions also provide opportunities for Liberty’s School of Communication & Creative Arts students to gain real-life experience.
Liberty’s radio coverage originates from the new Victory FM studios at Candlers Station Shopping Center. With 27 network affiliates, play-by-play calls of Flames athletics events can be heard throughout Virginia and much of North Carolina.