Stony Brook football has a lot to look forward to in the CAA.
The Seawolves may not dominate the conference early on like they did the Big South recently, but the program will receive some much-needed television exposure.
It’s one thing to play winning football, but its quite another to play winning football with people watching on TV. Stony Brook isn’t a national or even regional brand yet. But that could change over the next few years.
Many have forgotten the TV deal the CAA forged with NBC Sports Group.
Beginning in 2012 CAA Football will kickoff its five-year agreement it inked with the NBC Sports Group in February. The broadcast agreement will provide CAA Football a minimum of five national television broadcasts on the NBC Sports Network.
There will be 13 regional television broadcasts using the Comcast SportsNet regional networks.
The CAA and CAA Football was the first collegiate athletic conference to sign a broadcast agreement with the NBC Sports Network, which launched on January 2, 2012.
Stony Brook has captured three consecutive Big South championships and earned the program’s first-ever FBS playoff berth in 2011. The Seawolves advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 31-28 win over state rival Albany in the first round.
Chuck Priore’s crew fell to national runner-up Sam Houston State in the second round. The Seawolves finished the season nationally ranked for the first time and led the nation in scoring.
Stony Brook will probably take a step back before it will take a step forward in the CAA, but that doesn't mean it wasn't the smart and prudent thing to do.