Indianapolis - The 2018 version of the Texas A&M-Kingsville football program will hit the big stage as the first game of the season will broadcast on ESPN3 for the Thursday, Aug. 30, kickoff against A&M-Commerce for the NCAA Division-II football showcase, in a release from the NCAA offices on Friday.

The Hogs will be featured as one of 19 offerings at the Division-II level as Javelina Nation will have the opportunity to view the season opener against the Lions on the WatchESPN app with kickoff at 7:05 p.m. CT.

The first 19 games of the football showcase are predetermined games, 17 of which are conference matchups. An additional three flex games - intended to highlight crucial matchups - will be finalized later in the season and played in November.

The new media agreement features two distribution models for football and basketball. For football, 11 games will be streamed on ESPN3, available on the ESPN app. The remaining 11 football games are part of the hybrid model, and they have the flexibility to be distributed on TV and online. The division will work with the TV partners of participating conferences and schools on the opportunity to air games on TV. These games also will be distributed online through NCAA social media accounts - specifically, Division II Facebook (facebook.com/ncaadivisionii) and Twitter (@NCAADII) - and could be distributed through conference or school digital networks.

"Division II student-athletes will continue to see their successes highlighted on a national stage in the new broadcast agreement," said Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II. "We are excited to continue to collaborate with ESPN to promote regular-season games.

"We are also excited to offer a hybrid model that could include linear and online distribution. Fans will have the chance to watch student-athletes who achieve success both on and off the field and participate in Division II's Life in the Balance collegiate experience."

"The football showcase has an outstanding slate of games," said Reid Amos, chair of the Division II Football Committee and commissioner of the Mountain East Conference. "We have the opportunity to continue to highlight our exciting brand of football in NCAA Division II, culminating with the championship in December."

The Division II football showcase kicks off with two games Aug. 30. A&M-Commerce, the defending national champion, will host TAMUK in the first game at 8:05 p.m. Eastern time (7:05 p.m.Central time), which will be distributed on ESPN3. The second game will feature West Florida, the 2017 Division II runner-up, hosting Carson-Newman, also at 8:05 p.m. Eastern time, which will be distributed as part of the hybrid model.

The Javelinas' last televised game came in the 2017 campaign when Tarleton paid a visit to Kingsville on Oct. 21. The contest against the Texans came down to the last minute after redshirt senior Nico Brown (Topeka, Kan.) secured a pass from redshirt sophomore Cade Dyal (Kerrville, Texas) with 2:38 to play to put the Hogs within one score, but were unable to get the ball back in the final minute in the 41-34 decision.

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multiscreen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the ESPN app. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connect to on-campus education and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

Season tickets are still available for the 2018 season here. Single game tickets to each of the seven home games at Javelina Stadium are also available here.

To see the complete release from the NCAA, click here.

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