Western KY vs. Gators picked up by LFS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida football team’s season opener against Western Kentucky will be broadcast by Lincoln Financial Sports and kickoff will be scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Lincoln Financial, a television partner of the Southeastern Conference, selects league games after CBS and ESPN make their respective selections. By contract, each school is to appear a total of two times on Lincoln Financial Sports in the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

ESPN2 will carry the Oklahoma State at Georgia game (5:45 p.m.) and ESPN will televise the Kansas State at Auburn game (7:45 p.m.).

CBS does not begin televising SEC games until the Florida-Tennessee game on September 15.

“The Southeastern Conference asked us to move our season opener to 12:30 to accommodate our television partner, Lincoln Financial Sports,” said Athletics Director Jeremy Foley. “We were in a similar scenario last year and the league had other options. This year, they had no other alternatives other than to ask us to move our game time and we are contractually obligated to do so.”