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KU games should be shown on Full Court

November 5, 2004

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Here's some good news for out-of-state Kansas University men's basketball fans who have been concerned that the Jayhawks' games not shown on national TV wouldn't be available on ESPN's Full Court package this year.

"We expect to announce in a day or two we've come to an understanding, and Jayhawk TV games will be available on Full Court," Tim Allen, associate commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, told the Journal-World.

"We're trying to get it so all Big 12 teams have the opportunity (to have all games shown). It'll be a combination of Full Court and schools (without their own TV networks) being able to show games on the Internet."

Both KU's athletic department and the Big 12 office have been flooded with phone calls from fans all week who were livid when informed Full Court would not be showing as many KU games this season as last season.

"The volume of phone calls we've gotten from Jayhawk nation is staggering," KU associate AD Jim Marchiony said. "This was resolved at the last minute last year, and hopefully it will be this year."

As explained to the Journal-World, the Big 12's agreement with ABC and ESPN prohibits Jayhawk TV games from being shown outside the state. ESPN, however, is the rights holder for KU and Iowa State's third-tier package of games, that is Jayhawk TV and Cyclone TV games. The Big 12 says ESPN has been inadvertently violating the contract by allowing those KU and Iowa State games to be shown on Full Court.

All schools, the Big 12 says, want to have the same opportunity as KU and ISU to have their fans see their games nationwide if not on Full Court on another system.

It appears a compromise will be reached, as it was last year, and the KU fans soon will be told that they'll be able to see all KU games on the tube.

"We would love to see all the games on Full Court," Marchiony said. "It's an issue between ESPN and the conference office we thought was resolved last year. It apparently was resolved but not permanently. We've been notified there will be some good news regarding this issue in the next day or so. Their e-mail tells us the conference and ESPN are very close to an agreement and could announce in a day or so."

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