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FBS conferences, CBS, ESPN, FOX release statement on delayed college football schedule release


The networks announced Tuesday the delay of early-season college football kickoffs times.

Generally, early June is about the time of year when kickoff times and television networks are announced for early-season games.

Not this year.

The Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, CBS Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports and affiliated networks released the following statement on Tuesday:

“Collectively, the conferences and television networks have agreed to an extension for determining college football’s early season game times beyond the standard June 1 deadline,” the state read. “These kickoff times and network designations will be announced at a later date as we all continue to prepare for the college football season.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding sports in the coming months, the announcement makes sense.

The two sides decided to wait a few weeks for the 2020 season as sports like the NHL and NBA work toward returning after shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The college football season is scheduled to begin with a handful of games on Aug. 29 and a full slate of games the following week.

A handful of conferences have plans in place to allow athletes in all sports to return to campus for voluntary workouts starting next month.

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.

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