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    TV for NIU/Iowa

    Matt's College Sports Media Blog: Week 1 Predictions for CFB

    This is becoming a big conversation over on TOS. This Matt Sarz seems to be a guru when it comes to forecasting the TV schedules for college football and basketball. He believes that the NIU/Iowa game will not be televised and believes it will be an ESPN3 exclusive game. Since its technically a home game for NIU, the BTN can't pick it up, and it appears ESPN doesn't want to pick it up to put on their broadcast network. I can't fathom having to watch an Iowa game on a computer. I hope things change before the end of August but it looks kind of crappy as of now.
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    That would ******* suck having to watch the game on a computer.
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    I guess that means I should attend the game in person.
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    And I guess this would break Iowa's 10+ year streak of having every game televised. Not sure if you can claim ESPN3 is "televised".

    I wonder if ESPN would allow Mediacom to carry it in Iowa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICHawk24 View Post
    And I guess this would break Iowa's 10+ year streak of having every game televised. Not sure if you can claim ESPN3 is "televised".

    I wonder if ESPN would allow Mediacom to carry it in Iowa.
    Doubtful....they'll want to drive hits to their site.
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    Doubtful....they'll want to drive hits to their site.
    Exactly. This is the perfect game for ESPN to pull this stunt. It's not big enough to garner a national or regional audience, yet there is a passionate fan base with decent numbers that will want to watch the game. They will get tons of hits.
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    This isn't a slight toward Iowa. Believe it or not last year Wiscy was in the very same situation. They played NIU at Soldier Field and they were ranked 8th at the time. The game was still an ESPN3 exclusive.
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    Re: TV for NIU/Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkfromnorwalk View Post
    Matt's College Sports Media Blog: Week 1 Predictions for CFBThis is becoming a big conversation over on TOS. This Matt Sarz seems to be a guru when it comes to forecasting the TV schedules for college football and basketball. He believes that the NIU/Iowa game will not be televised and believes it will be an ESPN3 exclusive game. Since its technically a home game for NIU, the BTN can't pick it up, and it appears ESPN doesn't want to pick it up to put on their broadcast network. I can't fathom having to watch an Iowa game on a computer. I hope things change before the
    end of August but it looks kind of
    crappy as of now.
    I thought I saw on the schedules that Iowa is listed as the home team for that game.
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    Re: TV for NIU/Iowa

    ESPN3 is available on xbox 360 and ps3 or if you have an HDMI cable you can run ESPN3 from your computer to the TV. All in all, ESPN3 is a pretty cool feature.
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    Re: TV for NIU/Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by ICHawk24 View Post
    And I guess this would break Iowa's 10+ year streak of having every game televised. Not sure if you can claim ESPN3 is "televised".

    I wonder if ESPN would allow Mediacom to carry it in Iowa.
    There is precedence for ESPN to allow ESPN3 "exclusive" games to be televised locally. Wake Forest @ Syracuse was allowed on Time Warner cable systems in upstate New York last year on what was originally an ESPN3 exclusive. I would not be surprised if Mediacom 22 is allowed to broadcast the game.
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    Re: TV for NIU/Iowa

    On the other side, however, when Wisconsin played Northern Illinois last year in Soldier Field, it was an ESPN3 exclusive game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TecmoSuperHawk View Post
    There is precedence for ESPN to allow ESPN3 "exclusive" games to be televised locally. Wake Forest @ Syracuse was allowed on Time Warner cable systems in upstate New York last year on what was originally an ESPN3 exclusive. I would not be surprised if Mediacom 22 is allowed to broadcast the game.
    I've also read that NIU is trying to work out a deal to have CSN Chicago show the game. However I think ESPN holds the rights so I'm not sure if they would give it up.
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    I prob better go to this one then.
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    I always watch away games at the Front Row and I'm pretty sure they will find a way to get the game on.
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    Re: TV for NIU/Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkfromnorwalk View Post
    I've also read that NIU is trying to work out a deal to have CSN Chicago show the game. However I think ESPN holds the rights so I'm not sure if they would give it up.
    I also just read this on a NIU message board (yes they exist!). But I would be surprised if ESPN releases the game, although there is apparently one game per year NIU can air on CSN Chicago as part of their media agreement.

    We'll see. I'll be at the game, but I always want to be able to tell my mom and other family members how they can watch the game. They are not exactly up to speed to watch ESPN3.
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