Men's Hoops TV Schedule Announced
Nov. 3, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. - For the first time in Gonzaga University's history, all 27 regular-season men's basketball games will be televised during the 2004-05 season, Bulldog athletic director Mike Roth said today in announcing the finalized television schedule.
Through a partnership involving Seattle-based FSN and Spokane's KHQ-TV, 16 games will be brought back to the Pacific Northwest. Seven others will be televised on ESPN/ESPN2, one game will be televised by FSN as part of the West Coast Conference package, one game will be aired regionally by ABC and one game will be carried by CSTV. In addition, one semifinal (ESPN2) and the championship game (ESPN) of the WCC Tournament from Santa Clara University will be televised nationally. Gonzaga's game at Washington State University on Dec. 7 will be aired by FSN as part of its Pacific-10 Conference commitment.
"We couldn't hope for a better package," Roth said. "Last year we had all but one game televised and we thought that was great. To have every regular-season game televised shows where this program has come and how men's basketball has become a marquee event in the eyes of television."
Roth's claim is backed by the fact that Comcast of Spokane recently announced ESPN2 is being added to the basic cable package and that the CSTV game will also be brought back to Spokane on a local Comcast station (channel 14) since CSTV isn't currently offered on the basic cable subscription package in Spokane. Last year basic cable subscribers in Comcast's Spokane market couldn't view games televised on ESPN2 because the channel wasn't part of the basic package.
The first televised game will be the regular-season and McCarthey Athletic Center opener Nov. 19 when Portland State University visits the new home of Bulldog basketball for a 7 p.m. tip.
ABC-TV will make its inaugural visit for a Gonzaga game on Feb. 19 when the University of San Francisco comes to town for a 3 p.m. matinee. Gonzaga's lone ESPN2 home game of the season will be Jan. 29 when the University of Portland will visit for an 8 p.m. contest. The CSTV broadcast will be Dec. 4 from The Battle in Seattle when the Bulldogs meet the University of Massachusetts at 1 p.m. in KeyArena. CSTV has signed a 2-year agreement to televise The Battle in Seattle, which had its inaugural last year when the University of Missouri and Gonzaga met in a nationally-televised CBS game.
Fans will notice Gonzaga home games will start at a variety of times, but Roth said that is a concession the Bulldogs were willing to make to get the best possible television package for fans unable to attend games in the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center.
"We won't have the traditional 7 p.m. starts," Roth said. "But we felt it was important to adjust our game times to provide Bulldog fans locally, regionally and nationally the opportunity to see us on television."
Three games of the KHQ/FSN package will actually be aired in the normal KHQ coverage area on KAYU-TV (FOX 28) with which KHQ has a partnership, and four games as part of the FSN side of the agreement will be aired on a yet-to-be-determined station in only the Seattle area rather than the five-state FSN market of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
For the first time since 1966 Gonzaga will end the regular-season with a non-conference game. The University of Northern Colorado will visit the McCarthey Athletic Center on Monday, Feb. 28. Gonzaga's final WCC game will be four nights earlier when the Bulldogs travel to Portland for a Thursday night ESPN2 matchup with the Pilots.
Gonzaga, 28-3 a year ago and third in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll, had 30 of its 31 games a year ago televised either nationally, regionally or locally. The 30 telecasts tied for seventh for the most regular-season/post-season televised games among final AP Top 25 teams. Gonzaga also tied with Syracuse University among teams ranked by percentage (96.8) of games televised. Four schools - Duke University, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky and University of Maryland - had all of their regular-season and post-season games televised. Gonzaga will join that elite category this season.
Men's Basketball Schedule
(All Times Pacific Standard Time)
19 - Portland State, 7 p.m. (KHQ/FSN); 21 - Montana (KHQ/FSN) 2 p.m.; 24 - Idaho (KAYU/FSN) 8 p.m.; 27 - Illinois at Indianapolis, IN (KHQ/FSN) 10 a.m.
1 - Washington (KHQ/FSN) 5 p.m.; 4 - Massachusetts at Seattle, WA (CSTV; Spokane Comcast Channel 14) 1 p.m.; 7 - at Washington State (FSN), 6 p.m.; 11 - Saint Louis (KHQ/Seattle) 6 p.m.; 18 - Georgia Tech at Las Vegas, NV (ESPN) 9:30 p.m.; 21 - Eastern Washington at Spokane Arena (KHQ/FSN), 6 p.m.; 28 - Oklahoma State at Oklahoma City, OK (ESPN2) 6:30 p.m.; 30 - at Missouri (ESPN2), 5 p.m.
6 - at *Santa Clara (ESPN2), 8 p.m.; 8 - at *Saint Mary's (FSN) 7 p.m.; 13 - *Loyola Marymount University (KAYU/Seattle) 7 p.m.; 15 - *Pepperdine (KHQ/FSN) 5 p.m.; 20 - at *San Francisco (KAYU/Seattle) 7 p.m.; 22 - *San Diego (KHQ/Seattle) 4 p.m.; 29 - *Portland (ESPN2) 8 p.m.
3 - *Saint Mary's (KHQ/FSN) 5:30 p.m.; 5 - *Santa Clara (KHQ/Seattle) 3 p.m.; 10 - at *Pepperdine (ESPN2) 8 p.m.; 12 - at *Loyola Marymount (KHQ/FSN) 6 p.m.; 17 - *San Diego (KHQ/Seattle) 6 p.m.; 19 - *San Francisco (ABC) 3 p.m.; 24 - at *Portland (ESPN2) 8 p.m.; 28 - Northern Colorado (KHQ/FSN) 6 p.m.
*Denotes West Coast Conference Game
Seattle indicates station TBA in Seattle market
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