Byron Allen's HBCUGO Labor Day college football games

Byron Allen’s HBCU GO Kicks Off 2023 College Football Season


‘Chicago Football Classic’ and ‘Carolina Classic’ Air on Saturday, September 2nd


Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group (AMG) free-streaming digital platform, HBCU GO–the leading media provider for the nation’s 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)—kicks off its 2023 college football season with two Labor Day weekend games including the “Chicago Football Classic” and “Carolina Classic.”  HBCU GO recently announced broadcast partnership deals with top HBCU sports conferences, including the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), with more to come.

The first game of the season is the Chicago Football Classic featuring a showdown between Mississippi Valley v. Central State University from Soldier Field in Chicago, IL.  This game will air LIVE on Saturday, September 2nd at 4pm ET on HBCU GO, in Chicago on WGN-TV and on broadcast television stations throughout the U.S. — including the CBS owned-and-operated duopoly stations in key television markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, Sacramento, Miami, Tampa, and Pittsburgh. On-air talent will include play by play by HBCU sports analyst Charlie Neal, color commentary by Jon Kelley, sideline reporting by Courtney Tate, and Nia Symone covering sights and sounds and up-close interviews from the field.

The second game of the season is the Carolina Classic featuring Shaw University vs. Benedict College from Charlie W. Johnson Stadium in Columbia, SC.  This game will air LIVE on Saturday, September 2nd at 6pm ET on HBCU GO’s sister network TheGrio Television Network and will replay on TheGrio Television Network and HBCU GO on Sunday, September 3 at 3:30 pm ET. The game will also feature the debut of HBCU GO’s new on-air personalities: sports analyst James Hadnot; color commentary by HBCU graduate and Super Bowl champion Antoine Bethea, plus weekly in-depth coverage from the sidelines with Lawrencia Moten, and Tykera Carter covering sights and sounds and up-close interviews from the field.

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HBCU GO is a cultural lifestyle destination and leading sports media provider that embraces and represents the voice of Black Excellence every day of the year through an all-new platform that captures the rich history, diversity, perspectives, and cultural experiences at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCU GO also provides a platform for emerging creatives in media production, branding, and broadcasting.  We offer our viewers the best in live sports, original series, documentaries, films, comedy, and edutainment programming produced by African American leading producers, directors, and students from select HBCUs.

Launched in 2012, the free-streaming service ‍HBCU GO was purchased by Byron Allen in 2021 and is part of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group (AMG). AMG is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Charleston, SC. AMG owns 27 ABCNBCCBSFOX network affiliate broadcast television stations in 21 U.S. markets and twelve 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 300 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNELTHE WEATHER CHANNEL EN ESPAÑOL, THEGRIO TELEVISION NETWORK, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, JUSTICECENTRAL.TVTHIS TV, and PATTRNAMG also owns the streaming platforms HBCU GOTHE GRIO STREAMING APP, SPORTS.TVTHE WEATHER CHANNEL STREAMING APP, and LOCAL NOW — the free-streaming AVOD service powered by THE WEATHER CHANNEL and content partners, which delivers real-time, hyper-local news, weather, traffic, sports, and lifestyle information. For more information, visit

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