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January 12, 2009 10:40 PM

On the Oregon TV situation

Posted by Bob Condotta

I see a few of you are heading up an effort to flood FSN with e-mails in an attempt to get the Oregon-Washington game Thursday televised.

Not to quash your enthusiasm, but it won't do any good.

I talked with an FSN spokesperson today who said the decision is made --- the UW-Oregon game will not be televised. Instead, FSN will show the Oregon State- WSU game at 6 p.m. and the UCLA-Arizona game at 8 p.m. Both are national games, so no side deal can be worked out to split the telecast or something and get all those games on at once.

The spokesperson said that initially there was a thought the game might go on the new Comcast Sports network, which televised the UW-Portland game. But CSN instead has a Blazers game that night.

Such conflicts happen sometimes, particularly on Thursday nights when there are usually four Pac-10 games and only two available broadcast windows. And with the Pac-10 wanting to spread things around and make sure everyone gets on a few times, choices have to be made that won't always please everyone.

But UW fans should take solace that this is the last Husky game of the season that likely won't be on TV --- the only two games that don't have set TV situations are the late-season Arizona and WSU games. But each is almost certainly going to be on --- each is termed a "wildcard game,'' meaning the details are still to be determined.

Also, this is one of only three games all season that likely won't be on --- the two home games in the CBE Tournament were not televised as the tournament owned the rights to the games and chose which ones it showed as part of its contract with ESPN. But every other game has been televised, or likely will be.

And while it may be frustrating Thursday night that the game won't be on, every year sees an increase in the percentage of games that are televised.

Besides, Oregon's uniforms look a lot better on the radio, don't they?

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