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FOX Sports Indiana Will Televise 125th Monon Bell Classic

FOX Sports Indiana Will Televise 125th Monon Bell Classic

September 25, 2018

This November's meeting between DePauw University and Wabash College will mark the 125th game in the historic game known as the Monon Bell Classic, and for a second consecutive year one of America's oldest and most storied college rivalries will be televised by FOX Sports Indiana and streamed nationally on the FOX Sports app. The quasquicentennial edition of the series, which began in 1890, will take place Saturday, November 10, in Crawfordsville, with kickoff slated for 1:07 p.m. (Eastern time).

"The partnership that our two schools began with FOX Sports last year resulted in a telecast that received rave reviews from alumni, parents and others, and resulted in an Emmy nomination," said Ken Owen '82, special adviser to the president at DePauw. "The network took our special game to even greater levels.  The FOX Sports team has great affection for the Monon Bell rivalry and has a terrific reputation for its NBA, MLB, NHL and collegiate coverage.  We're thrilled to continue our relationship."

"Fans who attend the game at Wabash will enjoy a number of special features designed to celebrate the 125th game and the amazing history our two colleges share, but for those who can't attend on game day this is wonderful news," said Jim Amidon of Wabash College. "FOX Sports is an exceptional platform with wide reach.  This only adds to the power of this special rivalry."

The 125th Monon Bell Classic will be televised on FOX Sports Indiana and on FOX Sports Midwest or FOX Sports Midwest Plus. It will be streamed nationally to all users of the FOX Sports app, FOX Sports GO app, and at FOXSportsGO.com. The game will also be carried nationally, either live or on tape delay, by FOX College Sports.

Click here for channel information; you'll also find more details at the bottom of this article.

Regional sports networks FOX Sports Indiana and FOX Sports Midwest are the television home of the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, Kansas City Royals, IHSAA, Missouri Valley Conference and much more, producing more than 2,000 hours of live local programming each year. Nationally, FOX Sports’ 22 owned-and-operated regional networks serve as the regional TV home to 44 MLB, NHL and NBA teams.

DePauw and Wabash first met on the gridiron in 1890.  In 1932, a locomotive bell from the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railroad Company, also known as the Monon Line, was donated and became the winner's trophy each year. (at left: cover of the program from the 1939 game)

In the all-time series, Wabash holds a 61-54-9 lead. Since the Monon Bell entered the rivalry in 1932, Wabash leads, 42-38-6.

The game was first televised in 1977 by ABC on a regional basis; national telecasts began in 1984, and the game has been seen on ESPN2 and AXS-TV, among other outlets.

Tickets for the game will be available soon.

The Monon Bell 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 DePauw-Wabash rivalry was also 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." (at right: an image from the 1956 Monon Bell Classic)

Over the summer, the Evansville Courier & Press listed attending the battle for the Bell among "Things Every Hoosier Should Do Before They Die," and the Indianapolis Star ranked the Wabash-DePauw matchup as one of the upcoming season's most anticipated games.

In 2013 and 2015, ESPN's College GameDay included the Monon Bell in a look at great college football rivalries.

To date, 22 contests in the historic series have been captured on DVD. Available are the DVDs of the 1977, 1984, 1993, 1994 and 2000-17 Monon Bell Classics (supplies of past games are extremely limited; the 2008 package is a two-disc set including all 115 "Monon Memories" produced to that date). Order them here. (at left: the cover of the 2017 Monon Bell DVD)

All 124 games to date are commemorated in video vignettes known as "Monon Memories."  Created by Owen, the clips can be found here and on YouTube.

Learn more about the history of the Monon Bell Classic here.

TELEVISION AND STREAMING INFORMATION FOR THE 2018 MONON BELL CLASSIC:

Inside the FOX Sports Indiana/FOX Sports Midwest footprint (Residential)

  • Cable TV and streaming bundles:
    • FOX Sports Indiana in Indiana
    • FOX Sports Midwest or FOX Sports Midwest Plus in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas City and Nebraska
    • FOX College Sports
  • Satellite:
    • DirecTV – FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Midwest, or FOX Sports Midwest Plus, channel 671-4, 671, or 671-1
    • Dish Network – Sports alternate channel or FOX Sports Midwest, channel TBD
  • Streaming:
    • FOX Sports app, FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com

Nationwide outside the FOX Sports Indiana/FOX Sports Midwest/ footprint (Residential)

  • Cable TV:
    • FOX College Sports Central (check locally for availability)
  • Satellite and telco:
    • DirecTV – FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Midwest or FOX Sports Midwest Plus, channel 671-4, 671, or 671-1, with a subscription to the SportsPack
    • Dish Network – Sports alternate channel or FOX Sports Midwest, channel TBD, with a subscription to the Multi-Sport pack
    • AT&T U-verse – FOX Sports Indiana, channel 749 or 1749, with a subscription to the HD Premium Tier
  • Streaming:
    • FOX Sports app, FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com

Bars, restaurants and commercial establishments

  • Cable:
    • On FOX College Sports Central (check locally for availability)
  • Satellite:
    • Inside the FOX Sports Midwest/FOX Sports Indiana footprint:
      • DirecTV – FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Midwest or FOX Sports Midwest Plus, channel 671-4, 671 or 671-1, with Commercial Choice package
      • Dish – Sports alternate channel or FOX Sports Midwest, channel TBD; check with Dish representative for more information
    • Outside the FOX Sports Midwest/FOX Sports Indiana footprint:
      • DirecTV – FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Midwest or FOX Sports Midwest Plus, channel 671-4, 671 or 671-1, with FSN A La Carte package
      • Dish – Sports alternate channel or FOX Sports Midwest, channel TBD; check with Dish representative for more information
  • Streaming:
    • FOX Sports app, FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com
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