Huskers Set for At Least 18 Television Appearances
Lincoln --- Fans of the Nebraska men’s basketball team, under the guidance of second-year coach Doc Sadler, will be able to see the Huskers’ full road schedule on television for the first time in school history, NU Executive Associate A.D. Marc Boehm announced Tuesday. Overall a minimum of 18 Husker contests are set to be televised this winter, the fourth straight season NU has had more than half its games on TV.
"As Doc continues to move the team forward and builds excitement around the program, we know there is a greater demand to see the team both home and away," Boehm said. "Attendance was up at the Devaney Center last year in Doc’s first season and with the talent he has in place this year, we expect to see that upward trend continue.
"But fans want to see more than just home games; they’re interested in seeing the team every time it gets on the court. With the Big 12 TV partnerships and with another year working with our great partners at FSN Midwest, we will be able to give fans something they haven’t had before and that’s a chance to see every single game this season either live in Lincoln or on television."
In addition to at least 10 games set to be seen as part of the Big 12 television package on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Plus, Boehm announced Tuesday an agreement for a one-year extension to a previous contract with FSN Midwest. The Huskers’ new third-tier package deal will see Nebraska games televised within the state on the network at least eight times in 2007-08.
NU’s non-conference road game at Western Kentucky on Wednesday, Dec. 5 is the first game currently scheduled to be carried on FSN Midwest. Big 12 Conference games at Colorado (Jan. 15), vs. Missouri (Jan. 30), at Kansas State (Feb. 6), at Texas (March 4) and vs. Colorado (March 9) in the regular-season finale are also scheduled to air on FSN Midwest, while two more games, likely to be non-conference tilts, will be added to the third-tier TV package slate at a later date. Nebraska’s game at Creighton is also expected to be televised at least locally in eastern Nebraska.
As a result of a new agreement reached between the networks, Nebraska’s games on FSN may be aired to ESPN for inclusion on ESPN FullCourt. Games included in this agreement will be dependent on availability of space on the FullCourt channels and will be announced at a later date.
Returning for his fourth season calling the action for Husker/FSN telecasts in 2007-08 will be veteran broadcaster Greg Sharpe. A two-time Kansas Sportscaster of the Year, Sharpe has previously served as the voice of the Kansas State Wildcats from 1996 to 2002 and called the 2001 and 2002 NCAA Tournaments for Westwood One Radio. He is currently the host of a sports talk show in Topeka, Kan., on WIBW radio. Joining Sharpe again on men’s basketball telecasts as color analyst will be Matt Davison, who also returns for his fifth year handling radio color commentary for men’s basketball games on the Husker Sports Network.
FSN Midwest, a regional sports television network, reaches more than 4.3 million cable and satellite television homes in six states. It carries more than 2,000 hours of local programming each year, including professional basketball (Indiana Pacers), baseball (St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals) and hockey (St. Louis Blues), along with Big 12 football, Big 12 women’s basketball and several other collegiate athletic contests. Nationally, FSN’s 20 regional sports channels reach more than 82 million homes in the United States.
Nebraska’s 10 other television games are slated to be part of the Big 12 Conference television package, including a national primetime contest against Kansas (Jan. 12) in the league opener for both teams. The Huskers will also get wide-ranging exposure when they take on Kansas State (Feb. 20) at home on ESPN2.
The other seven games that fall under the Big 12 package – matchups against Baylor, Iowa State and Texas Tech at home and Kansas, Iowa State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State on the road -- will be seen regionally on ESPN Plus. All of Nebraska’s postseason contests at the Big 12 Championships will also be seen live on either ESPN2 or ESPN Plus.