Sound Off

Sound Off: I am going to be out of state this winter and spring for work. I love following the Jayhawks, but I’m not sure how to do that outside of Kansas. Is there a way to watch or listen to KU basketball on the Internet?

Chris Theisen, KU assistant athletic director for communications, said KU fans have a few options for getting radio and TV broadcasts on the road. To listen online, fans can sign up for Jayhawks All-Access on It provides — among other features — complete radio broadcasts of KU men’s basketball and football games for a subscription cost of $9.95 per month or $79.95 per year. Typically, most KU basketball games also are available on the subscription-based SiriusXM Radio, though on some KU away games, fans will hear the home team’s radio broadcast instead of the call from KU’s broadcast team of Bob Davis and Greg Gurley. Fans can watch the games online on, provided they receive their high-speed Internet or cable TV subscription from an affiliated service provider (ESPN3 shows every regular-season KU game except for four scheduled to be televised on CBS). To see the games on television, fans also have the option of ordering ESPN Full Court through their local cable or satellite provider.


davehiggins 5 years, 7 months ago

ESPN has most of the games available on streaming video. Their streaming video app, WatchESPN, is available for most mobile platforms, but you have to have a cable account (Comcast, Time Warner, etc.) to be able to watch.

parrothead8 5 years, 7 months ago

I used to be able to watch just about any sporting event I wanted between ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPN3. I tried to watch something on WatchESPN, but got the following message:

"Live programming on Watch ESPN is available for no additional cost from selected television and broadband providers. Please choose your provider from the list below to sign in and see the ESPN networks you can watch."

In the dropdown box below that, the options are: BendBroadband, Bright House Networks, Comcast XFINITY, Midcontinent Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS TV.

I guess this means that Sunflower/Knology/Wow (or whatever the cable company is called now) doesn't provide WatchESPN. Bummer.

average 5 years, 7 months ago

Are you sure about That's how I watched most games last year. But, starting about August of this year, they started blacking out most content that would be available on the 'broadcast' ESPN channels (main ESPN, 2, U), making mostly only obscure content that wasn't being shown elsewhere (cricket or whatnot). I am currently expecting most KU games to be blacked out on ESPN3 this year, but would be thrilled to hear if I'm wrong.

jj14 5 years, 7 months ago

You can also listen to KJHK and 105.9 the lazer online...

jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

ESPN's list of the KU schedule and where the games are shown. I'd say they'd be substantially backtracking, based on this list, if they blacked out the KU games on ESPN3.

And I will be seriously pissed, lol. We GOT cable so we could watch KU games here in North Carolina, and if I have to endure the crap on cable (the missus likes the background noise), not to mention the two weeks of sudden politicrap bombardment, I better get something out of it.

average 5 years, 7 months ago

We're talking about some different things.

On the list, we have SE MO ST, Chattanooga, TCU, etc. Those games will be on the air here on KSMO/WIBW (the Jayhawk TV network), and also streamed online on to people outside the area who want to watch.

But, on the list, we also have 18 games that will be on ESPN1/2/U. You'll get them on cable fine. Last year, those sorts of games were also available on ESPN3 for people like me without cable TV but with AT&T or Knology internet. This year, I don't think they will be, while the Sound Off editor in the article is suggesting they will be.

Shardwurm 5 years, 7 months ago

There is a website out there that allows you to watch sporting events via live streaming video at no cost.

Not posting the link, but Google is your friend.

newtongirl 5 years, 7 months ago

All-Access is terrible. I can't believe KU Athletics hasn't gotten with the times and is still using it. In years past, I paid $14/month and got just the two exhibition games on video streaming and after that it was just audio for the rest of the season. If they're advertising what you actually get - mostly just audio streams - that's fine, but back then they promised every game on video stream and basically canned that after the exhibition games with no explanation. It definitely wasn't worth the monthly charge, even aside from the false advertising.

Tim Quest 5 years, 7 months ago

Someone has internet access and STILL feels the need to ask this question in the newspaper? I think you are doing the internet wrong.

CHEEZIT 5 years, 7 months ago

Exactly! Whenever someone asks me a question like this I just say, "they have this thing now. Its called the internet. (Sarcasm here!) You just ask it a question and you can pretty much get ANY answer!!!"

tnfats 5 years, 7 months ago

Go ahead, use this thing "called the Internet" (I'll add the "scoff dummy that's implied in your response) and search "watch KU basketball games online" "where can I listen to KU basketball online".

I'll wait. Done? Good. Notice none of the links mention watching 2012-13 games. Lots of links to the tournament games from last year, forum posts from 2008, and websites with "KU Basketball" in them to get search engine results. There's one link to WatchESPN, but KU basketball doesn't come up when you search the upcoming games.

So, probably best if no one does ask you a question; even your snide remarks are dead wrong.

average 5 years, 7 months ago

I read the answer. I think that answer is wrong.

All games except the four on CBS will be on the WatchESPN platform, which you can only get with a Cable TV subscription through Comcast/BrightHouse/TWC/Verizon (and not Knology, btw).

ESPN is saying, on their own site linked by jonas_opines above, that most KU games this year will not be on ESPN3 like they were last year.

Sometimes the answer given by the answer-writer is wrong. I can't tell if it came from AAD Theisen or from the anonymous Sound Off reporter, but it may not be right.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 7 months ago

If I were in the subby's shoes, I'd go subscription radio & get a lot more added value for your investment. Or make friends with management at a comfortable bar. They would prolly tune it in for ya.

cellogrl 5 years, 7 months ago

Just FYI for those that are saying to listen to the radio online, unless you subscribe to the package they mention, the radio broadcasts are always blacked out online. You can't stream them from the regular radio station.

Bryan Moore 5 years, 7 months ago

I know it probably doesn't help but I have to rub it in. Here in Phoenix, I think Fox Sports Arizona has carried all but one or two of the KU football games this year (and think those were on another station). I don't know what the fasination is with KU but they are on every week down here. Can't wait to see if it holds for B-Ball too!

colreader 5 years, 7 months ago

Back to ATT all access: besides the sometimes-clumsy interface, it actually offers more: most or all the official press conferences, live, plus the weekly coaches shows at the Salty Iguana, plus other sports - women's sports, volleyball, baseball, etc. And all or most of these games/press conferences available on-demand, when you have time. Quite a bit for $9.99.

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