LEXINGTON, Ky. — As the University of Kentucky’s 2021-22 athletics schedule gets underway, the UK Sports Network will continue to provide the Big Blue Nation with unrivaled exclusive access to the Kentucky Wildcats programs through BBN Tonight and BBN Gameday.
The coverage ramps up one week before the start of the season with the 2021 Kentucky Football Special “For the Team” presented by UK Federal Credit Union. The special will premiere on WLEX in Lexington on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 9: 30 a.m. UK Sports Network TV affiliates in Louisville, Bowling Green, Pikeville and Paducah will also air the special.
The special will be posted on UKathletics.com/watch and on the Kentucky Wildcats Facebook page on Aug. 28 after the broadcast premier.
“We are pleased to have a television partner in WLEX that shares our commitment to student-athletes and sharing their stories with the Big Blue Nation,” University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said upon announcing UK Athletics’ partnership with WLEX in 2020. “We are grateful for the amount of coverage this partnership will deliver and for the ways that the UK Sports Network continues to innovate in its media offerings.”
BBN Tonight, airing Monday through Friday from 7: 30 to 8 p.m. on WLEX, gives viewers a daily 30-minute insider’s look into UK Athletics. The program features first and exclusive access to UK coaches and student-athletes on a nightly basis. BBN Tonight includes discussion and analysis of current topics from UK Sports Network talent giving insider perspective on the biggest stories in the world of UK Athletics.
BBN Gameday airs on Saturday mornings across local UK Sports Network affiliates, giving Cats fans a chance to get ready for the biggest games of the weekend with exclusive access and expert analysis of upcoming matchups. BBN Gameday also airs digitally on UKathletics.com, YouTube and the Kentucky Wildcats Facebook page every Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.
As the official television partner of UK Athletics, WLEX produces BBN Tonight, BBN Gameday and all UK Sports Network special presentations.
WLEX is Lexington’s NBC affiliate and serves communities in 40 counties across central, eastern and southern Kentucky. From the moment it signed on as Lexington’s first television station, WLEX has built a long and proud tradition of covering UK sports. WLEX is now owned and operated by Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Company, the nation’s fourth-largest independent TV station owner, which operates 60 stations in 42 markets across the country. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”
The 2021 Kentucky Football season kicks off Sept. 4 in Kroger Field when the Wildcats face UL Monroe with a noon start.
Season tickets, mini-packs, and single-game tickets are still available at ukfootballtix.com.