Basketball Tourney TV Plans
Details are trickling in for TV coverage of the basketball tournaments starting this week. As I get info, I'll post it here. This will be a work in progress...
Channel 12 Thursday: The first two games Thursday will be Xavier-Georgia at 12:20 p.m., likely followed by Kentucky-Marquette at 2:30 p.m. As of 1:30 p.m., Channel 12 doesn't know its evening games. And CBS says that "virtually all" NCAA men's games this week will be in HDTV, says Rick Wager, Channel 12 program manager. Ch 12's complete CBS Thursday lineup will be confirmed Tuesday after noon, he says.
UC Wednesday: THIS JUST IN AT 4:15 P.M.: The UC-Bradley game will air on Fox Sports Net Ohio in the Cincinnati-Dayton-Northern Kentucky area, instead of the scheduled Cavalier game. Cleveland-based FSN Ohio will do a split feed so Cincinnati area can see the Bearcats. They did this after local stations (Ch. 19, Ch 12 and CinCW) turned down chance to broadcast the game.
6 P.M. MON. UPDATE FOR DISH OWNERS: For now, the UC game will not be seen on FSN Ohio channels on DirecTV or Dish Network, UC says. Negotiations were ongoing late Monday for distribution to satellite customers, says Mark Waddell, UC senior associate athletic director. Any satellite deals will be announced on www.GoBEARCATS.com
Below is what I wrote earlier today...
I haven't heard of any local station televising the UC-Bradley game in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational Wednesday night at Bradley, though it should be one of the Fox College Sports cable/satellite channels (Time Warner Chs. 171, 172, 173). The likely suspects -- Channels 12's CinCW and Channel 19 -- aren't going to carry it. Channel 12 and its CinCW digital sister station will NOT carry the game, says Rick Wagar, program manager. As of 2:30 p.m., Fox 19 has declined to carry due to previous Fox programming commitments to the "American Idol" results show and "Moment of Truth." The game has been offered to local stations by Fox Sports Net Ohio, which has a Cleveland Cavaliers game Wednesday night.