Saturday, September 6, 2014

A few MBK & CFB housekeeping items

* As of Monday 9/8, most FBS football games will have their kickoff times & TV set twelve days in advance.  There are occasions where networks can make their selections as little as six days advance upon agreement with the conferences they have agreements with and the number of times they can do this are limited, but vary by the conference.

Tomorrow I'll release what I think the TV selections should be.  I slot every game and generally do not leave slots open for six day selection holds, but I'll note where I think a six day hold could occur.  I'll tweet what I see on Monday and keep a running blog entry.   Most of the selections occur after 10am ET and then throughout the early afternoon.

* The Big 12 and Mountain West have been silently updating the tip times of their games on various networks and I've done my best to get those in place on the schedule.

For the Big 12, January 17th and March 7th remain mostly without set tip times.  Those could end up as dates where they will have a chance to fill the primetime College Gameday slot.  With that said, Duke at North Carolina has already been earmarked for the 9pm slot on 3/7, but could be switched to 6pm with several other games available.

With the Mountain West, a handful of tip times on CBS Sports Network remain empty.  Several of those could be set once the Big East schedule is set with C-USA and Patriot League games filling in the remaining slots.

* The Big East will now have a dedicated "channel" through FOX Sports GO.  The press release indicates that they are the first conference to have a dedicated channel through FOX.   The conference will provide production of events and studio programming.  The events that are not paired with a live TV broadcast will be available without authenticating through your television provider.

The free events will apply to sports like baseball, women's basketball, etc.  Men's basketball that FOX does not sublicense to CBS will only be available online with authenticating through your video provider.

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