Thursday, June 30, 2016

MBK and CFB Odds & Ends

The 2016-17 men's basketball TV schedule pages are up on my site.  A few items:

* FS1 has turned their Pearl Harbor event into a two day event instead of a single day.  Cal, Seton Hall & Princeton will play two games on-site along with "local" school Hawai'i.

* A Google Sheets doc has been set up by the person(s) running the 351Schedules Twitter account,  tracking all Division I college basketball schedules, which is a massive undertaking.  I was tracking a lot of these on my own, but it will help me to fill in gaps in the schedules in advance of TV schedules coming out later this summer.  Tip of the cap to the person(s) behind this work.

* Three dates that I tend to take notice of during the '16-'17 season are November 14th-15th, connected together as ESPN runs its Tip-Off Marathon, and December 3rd, which doubles as Championship Saturday in football.  Some notable games currently over those dates:

November 14th-15th (specifically games that could air on ESPN)
Villanova at Purdue (11/14)
Old Dominion at Richmond (11/14)
Massachusetts at Ole Miss (11/14)
San Diego St. at Gonzaga (11/14)
Oregon at Baylor (11/15)
VCU at Liberty (11/15)

Also, both Champions Classic games which will end the marathon.

December 3rd
West Virginia at Virginia
Stanford at Kansas
Xavier at Baylor
Oklahoma at Wisconsin
Oklahoma St. at Maryland
Vanderbilt vs. Minnesota at Sioux Falls, SD
Arizona vs. Gonzaga (HoopHall LA)
BYU vs. USC (HoopHall LA)
VCU vs. Illinois (HoopHall Miami)
Wofford vs. Miami (FL) (HoopHall Miami)
UCLA at Kentucky
Memphis at Ole Miss
UNLV at Arizona St.
Louisville at Grand Canyon
Georgia Tech at Tennessee
Colorado at Portland
Rhode Island at Providence
DePaul at Northwestern
Wake Forest at Richmond
Kansas St. at Saint Louis
St. John's at Tulane
Most of Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge Series

My money is on UCLA at Kentucky on CBS if they want a game to air before the SEC Championship game.  Oklahoma at Wisconsin the the runner up for me.  Many other games would involve CBS sublicensing games from ESPN.

* The Hawai'i vs. California football game has been picked up to air on ESPN or ESPN2 on August 26th.  The game will count as one of ESPN's 22 Pac-12 selections, so there was no special consideration with respect to this game counting towards either ESPN or FOX's contractual obligations for the conference.

* I highly suggest you read through the interview series Bay Area News Group's Jon Wilner conducted with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott where Pac-12 Netrworks is a large part of the discussion.  Here are parts one, two, three and four.

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