CIAA & AspireTV Announce 2021 Football Broadcast Schedule

 The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announces its broadcast schedule for the 2021 football season. This year’s schedule of games will be televised live on AspireTV. This will be the sixth year of a partnership between the CIAA & AspireTV to provide live broadcast coverage across multiple platforms.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership this year with AspireTV to broadcast five football games throughout the season. It’s an exciting opportunity to increase exposure for our institutions, coaches, and student-athletes while highlighting the passion and pageantry of our fans and alumni across the country and celebrating the rich history and tradition of this storied conference,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams.

The five-game conference slate, which features seven of the league’s 12 teams, will include four (4) regular season football games as well as the 2021 CIAA Football Championship held in Salem, VA on November 13.

“AspireTV is proud to be returning as the television home of CIAA football,” said Melissa Ingram, SVP Multicultural Networks & Strategy, UP Entertainment. “Through our continued partnership with CIAA, we’re able to further amplify our commitment to celebrate the pride and rich culture of HBCUs. We invite viewers to tune in to AspireTV and engage with our social channels to join the conversation around Black lifestyle and HBCU sports.”

The CIAA broadcast schedule will kick-off on Saturday, October 16 in Bowie, MD with a CIAA Northern Division battle between Bowie State and Virginia State. The Trojans will help conclude the regular season television schedule as they travel to take on long-time in-state and conference rival Virginia Union on November 6 in Richmond, VA. Local listings of each game’s broadcast will be available at a later time.

2021 CIAA Football Schedule on AspireTV

October 16                        Virginia State at Bowie State – Bowie State – 1 p.m.  

October 23                       Livingstone at Winston-Salem State – Winston Salem, NC – 1 p.m.

October 30                       Saint Augustine’s at Johnson C. Smith – Charlotte, NC – 1 p.m.

November 6                     Virginia State at Virginia Union – Richmond, VA – 1 p.m.

November 13                   CIAA Football Championship – Salem, VA – 1 p.m.

About the CIAA

Founded in 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is the first and longest running, African American athletic conference in the U.S. and one of the most recognized conferences in Division II. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,000 fans from around the country. In 2020, the conference celebrated the special 75th anniversary of its Championship Basketball Tournament – an event that has become a must-see in the African American community. The Basketball Tournament has been honored as a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, for both 2018 and 2019. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CIAA is governed by the Presidents and Chancellors of its 12 member-institutions: Bowie State University, Claflin University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Livingstone College, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and Winston-Salem State University. Chowan University is an associate member in football and women’s bowling. For more information on the CIAA, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.