Monday, September 14, 2009

Washington not happy about Stanford game time?

Washington issued a press release late Monday, noting that their consecutive televised game streak would end at 29 games after this week's game vs. USC. And it kinda sounds like they are placing the blame completely on Stanford.

The Cardinal athletic department elected not to move off its standard game time of 6 p.m. and make a request for a league waiver for a local telecast - which would have provided the UW's partner, FSN Northwest, the rights to televise the game. The home team for all Pac-10 games controls the kickoff time when the game is not picked-up for a league television appearance.

FSN Northwest owns the UW's exclusive television rights, after the Pac-10 makes its weekly television selections. The network has the contractual obligation to televise every Husky game, provided the game time can be moved into a window that does not have a head-to-head conflict with a Pac-10 telecast.

The article notes that the last untelevised game was also against Stanford. Stanford themselves announced the 6pm PT start well before the season started and appeared to take themselves out of the TV selection process.

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