Bayou Classic Docu-series to debut on Viceland Wednesday

Updated: May 10, 2016

By BASN Wire Services

NEW ORLEANS – Viceland will air its third episode of its new series, Vice: World of Sports featuring the momentous Bayou Classic on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

The docu-series takes an in-depth look into the legacy of the Bayou Classic, the historic clash between two of the top HBCU Marching Bands in the Country and the road to an electric New Orleans during Thanksgiving weekend for this larger-than-life Battle to the finish.

“In college football, tradition is everything, and the battle between the historically black colleges Southern and Grambling State is a ritual unlike any other. Especially at the halftime show” – VICE.

For Baton Rouge residents, Viceland is availble on channel 265 (SD) and 1265 (HD) on Cox, 257 on ATT, UVerse, 271 on DirectTV and 121 on Dish Network.

For more information on where viewers outside of the Baton Rouge area can watch Viceland, click here.


Bayou Classic is the historic gridiron rivalry between Grambling State University and Southern University, encompassing a weeklong series of entertaining and socially enriching events from November 22-26 in New Orleans, LA. The famed Classic embodies a family friendly atmosphere and fosters an economic impact of $50 million to the greater city of New Orleans. With record-breaking attendance in 2015 since the Classic returned to New Orleans following Katrina in 2006 after a one-year hiatus in Houston, the Battle of the Bands & Greek Show boosted its attendance numbers to 29,652 and 62,907 for the 42nd Annual Bayou Classic game.

The legendary game between Grambling State University and Southern University approaches its 43rd year this November and with viewership over 5.5 million in 2015 on the NBC Sports Network, the Bayou Classic has proven to be a steadfast beacon of legacy and tradition that extends beyond the HBCU community. Over 200,000 fans from across the nation journey to New Orleans during Thanksgiving weekend to witness the electrifying football game between Grambling State and Southern, while eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated halftime show featuring two of the greatest marching bands in the nation. Proceeds from the Bayou Classic events provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the GSU Foundation and the SU System Foundation. Tickets go on sale June 1st for the 2016 Bayou Classic.

VICE World of Sports gets on the field and into the ring through a series of compelling stories at the fringe of culture and politics, across a range of places and people through the one lens that connects them all: sport. Our Executive Producer and host Selema Masekela has traveled to places such as Ghana, Cuba, and Kenya, among many others, to bring you stories you won’t see anywhere else, and that will be told through VICE’s unique point of view.

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