Piatkowski to Join Television Team as Color Analyst
A Husker legend will be back with the Nebraska men’s basketball program this winter as Eric Piatkowski joins the announcing team that will call NU games on Fox Sports Midwest. Piatkowski became available to serve as the color analyst for Husker games after retiring from the NBA following the 2007-08 season, his 14th year in the league.
The contract between the Nebraska athletic department and Fox Sports Midwest is for a third-tier television package consisting of eight games in 2008-09, including three road games and five home contests. NU and Fox Sports Midwest are working together for the fifth straight year to televise Husker contests. Per Big 12 Conference regulations, Husker games will only be available on Fox Sports Midwest within the state of Nebraska.
"Our relationship with Fox Sports Midwest continues to grow each year by bringing Husker basketball to our many fans within Nebraska and nationally," said Nebraska Executive Associate A.D. Marc Boehm. "We are very grateful that Fox Sports Midwest agreed to add Eric Piatkowski to the lineup of Husker games. Eric will bring great insight to the telecast and, without question, he provides the program with instant credibility in our marketing and recruiting efforts. We are honored that Eric has agreed to take on this role."
One of only two players in Nebraska history to play on four NCAA Tournament squads, Piatkowski ranks as the Huskers’ No. 2 all-time scorer and is second on the Nebraska 3-pointers chart with 202 in his collegiate career. At the professional level, Piatkowski is the L.A. Clippers’ all-time leader in 3-pointers with 768 treys during his nine-year stint in Los Angeles.
"I’m excited to join the Nebraska TV team," Piatkowski said. "I’ve been blessed for 14 years to do the only thing I really wanted to do and that’s play basketball in the NBA. I thought that when I came to this crossroad, television was something else I would like to try and I was fortunate that Nebraska gave me this opportunity.
"This is the perfect schedule for me, and while it will take a little time to adjust back to the college game, I’m excited to be a part of the program again. It’s like being a freshman on campus for the first time. I just want to learn more about the players, and get with the coaches to study the team and find out the coaching staff’s philosophy on the game. I really look forward to getting started."
Piatkowski will join Greg Sharpe to bring eight games (five non-conference and three Big 12 contests) to homes throughout Nebraska this winter. Sharpe has called Nebraska games on Fox Sports Midwest for the past four seasons and also serves as the radio play-by-play voice for Nebraska football and baseball.
Former Husker letterwinner Matt Davison, who served the past four years as color analyst for Nebraska television games, will move into a new role by providing in-depth halftime segments surrounding Nebraska basketball for games televised on Fox Sports Midwest. Davison is also the color analyst on Husker Sports Network radio broadcasts alongside play-by-play announcer Kent Pavelka.
The 2008-09 campaign will mark the second straight year every Husker road game is televised. All 16 Big 12 Conference contests will also be televised in the state of Nebraska for the first time in history.
Nebraska’s Fox Sports Midwest schedule opens with a visit by the Saint Louis Billikens to the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Nov. 25. The Huskers follow with home contests on FSMW against Creighton (Nov. 29), Alabama State (Dec. 3), UMBC (Dec. 23) and Iowa State (March 4).
On the road, the Huskers will first be seen on Fox Sports Midwest when they take on Oregon State (Dec. 13) in Corvallis, Ore. Nebraska will also have road games at Iowa State (Jan. 14) and Colorado (Feb. 4) televised on the FSMW package.
The eight-game Fox Sports Midwest schedule brings Nebraska’s full television lineup to at least 24 games this season, which will be the largest in school history. The 24 televised games include a minimum of eight games shown on national outlets FSN (1), ESPN (1), ESPN2 (3), ESPNU (2) and CBS College Sports (1). The Huskers’ complete schedule with updated tipoff times and broadcast schedule is available on Huskers.com.
All eight games on Nebraska’s third-tier television package will also be available through cable and satellite providers around the country as a part of ESPN FullCourt. If there is a conflict for channel availability on FullCourt, the game will then be seen on ESPN360.com. The agreement between FSN and ESPN will benefit Husker fans as it will allow at least 16 NU games to be seen from coast to coast this winter.
Fox Sports Midwest, a regional sports television network, is the leading provider of local sports in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, reaching more than 5.7 million cable and satellite television homes. FSN Midwest telecasts more than 2000 hours of local programming each year, including St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Kansas City Royals baseball, Cincinnati Reds baseball, St. Louis Blues hockey, Indiana Pacers basketball and Indiana Fever basketball, plus Big 12, Missouri Valley Conference, Kansas State University, University of Missouri and University of Nebraska athletics, local high school sports and much more. Nationally, FSN’s owned-and-operated regional networks and its affiliated networks reach more than 80 million homes across the U.S. FSN serves as the TV home to nearly two-thirds of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States and produces close to 5,000 live local events each year.