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October 14, 2010

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Dish Network not showing KU-Kansas State game

FOX Sports Midwest’s media contact, Geoff Goldman, sent out a release Wednesday that indicated Dish Network subscribers in the area would not be able to tune in to tonight’s college football game between Kansas University and Kansas State.

The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports Kansas City and nationally on FSN’s network of affiliates, including Sunflower Broadband channels 36 and 236, but will not be available to Dish customers because Dish dropped Fox’s 19 regional sports networks on Oct. 1.

Television coverage of the game is slated to begin at 6 p.m., with the Rivalries Live pregame show from Memorial Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

FSN to film at The Oread

FSN-Midwest camera crews will be shooting off the top of The Oread’s ninth floor, 1200 Oread Lane, during portions of tonight’s game.

Footage from the new hotel will be run during FSN’s pre-game show for its regional and national coverage of the game.

Patti McCormick, The Oread’s Director of Media and Special Events, said KU fans were invited to be a part of the festivities.

“If any Jayhawks would like to be on TV supporting their team, this would be a great opportunity,” she said.

Stubblefield draws mention

Former KU defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield, an All-Big Eight performer who went on to become an all-pro with the San Francisco 49ers, found his way into a recent piece in the Oct. 18 edition of Sports Illustrated, in which former agent Josh Luchs comes clean about his history of paying college football players throughout his career.

The article, titled, “Confessions of an agent,” talks mostly about the negative aspects associated with paying college athletes on their way to becoming pros.

However, the portion that included Stubblefield covered the opposite.

“One of the misconceptions about the agent business is that the kids are victims, preyed on by people like me,” Luchs writes. “When Alabama coach Nick Saban and others rail against the agent business, they don’t mention that most of the time the player or someone from his family approaches us. Guys see that one of their teammates has some cash, ask him about it, and suddenly my phone rings. It was rare to find a player who wouldn’t take the money. I put $10,000 cash in front of Kansas’ Dana Stubblefield, and he wouldn’t take it. I tried to pay UCLA’s J.J. Stokes and USC’s Keyshawn Johnson, and they said, ‘No.’ But for every kid who didn't take the money, there were dozens who called me and asked to get paid.”

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