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ESPNU will broadcast UH-Nevada football game on Nov. 12

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 08:50 p.m. HST, Oct 11, 2011


The University of Hawaii's Nov. 12 football game at Nevada will be broadcast on ESPNU, the Western Athletic Conference announced today.

The game had been scheduled for UH's pay-per-view broadcast.

But Oceanic Time Warner Cable said the uncharged "bonus" addition of the Nevada-Las Vegas game to its University of Hawaii pay-per-view lineup last month will take the place of the Nevada game, eliminating the need for a refund to season package purchasers.

Last year Oceanic gave refunds when ESPN made a late pickup of the Boise State game. "This year in anticipation of ESPN possibly picking up another UH game late in the season we decided to bonus in the UNLV game," said Bob Barlow, Oceanic president. "If ESPN did pick up another game we had a substitute, if they didn't our season ticket PPV customers would get an additional no-charge pay-per-view telecast."

Under terms of its agreement with the WAC, ESPN may pick up a game up to 21 days before the scheduled kickoff.

The start time has been moved to a 7:15 p.m. Pacific Time (5:15 p.m. Hawaii Time) kickoff to accommodate the broadcast.

The original kickoff had been listed as 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time (11:05 a.m. Hawaii Time).

A staffer at the National Weather Service in Reno said average high temperatures for that date are usually in the mid-to-high 50s at 1 p.m. and low-to-mid 40s after 7 p.m.

UH's last night game at Mackay Stadium, an ESPN appearance in 2007, had temperatures that dropped into the 30s.

Meanwhile, Oceanic said it is adding the Nov. 27 Wahine basketball game against Texas "as a substitute for the game that was eliminated when the Rainbow Classic was canceled."

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CriticalReader wrote:
Oceanic was charging $55 for the Nevada game. Are they going to refund the season subscribers $55 ??????
on October 11,2011 | 09:29AM
gks202 wrote:
Doubt it!
on October 11,2011 | 09:42AM
CriticalReader wrote:
At the very least subscribers should be write off difference between $55 and what is ACTUALLY refunded as a donation to UH.
on October 11,2011 | 09:58AM
LizKauai wrote:
MAHALO, ESPNU! I and my fellow non-Oceanic customers THANK YOU!
on October 11,2011 | 09:57AM
dlum003 wrote:
When are people going to realize that the Lion's share of the PPV fees for these games go to the University? I think Oceanic nets about 10% of the gross if that. The ignorant sector of the public is not entitlted to have cable and I dont think Oceanic or the UH are in the business of breaking even. Does the company you work for give away their services for free? I know mine doesn't. We'd all be standing in the unemployment line if they did. Learn some basic economics folks.
on October 11,2011 | 10:49AM
CriticalReader wrote:
The advertising, future broadcast rights, and ancillary TV fees don't go to the University. And, regardless of whether or not a single buyer buys PPV, UH is guaranteed its broadcast rights fee. Regardless of those things, Oceanic "values" the Nevada game at $55 when its selling it as an exclusive broadcast. But, what will it "value": it when it must refund amounts? Is it a fair dollar for dollar valuation to the customer? Or, is Oceanic taking a windfall in subscription fees? IF it is taking a windfall, why is that fair or even legal? But, I think you are right about something. In the long run, UH is not in the business of breaking even. The numbers and approach prove that true amply despite UHAD's mandate to do so.
on October 11,2011 | 11:41AM
LizKauai wrote:
Not to worry... without coaches, there will be no football program soon enough.
on October 11,2011 | 11:41AM
LizKauai wrote:
Enjoy Warrior Football while we can. UH - you gonna re-up our extraordinary team of coaches or what?
on October 11,2011 | 11:37AM
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