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Football: Some clarifications

I talked with Sandy Barbour after the game Saturday and got some good info on a couple of issues being discussed recently.

–Staying an extra night in a hotel in Pasadena didn’t cost the school anything. It was paid for by the Pac-10. There is a rule that dictates that the conference will pick up the tab on expenses that are incurred because of the conference. The Bears decided to go down one night earlier only after it was announced the game would start at 12:30. Since that game time was set by the conference, in conjunction with the conference’s television contract, Cal is not on the hook for that night’s expense.

In other words, leaving a night earlier didn’t change how much money the university saved by taking busses rather than the usual charter flight. With regard to how much money was actually saved, I know there have been a couple numbers floated out there, but I’ve asked a couple people in athletic administration and haven’t been able to get an answer.

–Cal would not have received any extra revenue if it televised Saturday’s Washington State game. The Bears could have gone to Comcast SportsNet Calfornia, the school’s exclusive regional network to try to get it on TV. But CSN California already has an existing contract with the school that pays the university a set sum, Cal wouldn’t have got anything extra. Part of the contract with CSN Califrornia dictates it can pick up available football games. So why didn’t they? My understanding is it was up to them to decide if they wanted to pay to bring in the temporary lights. It must not have made financial sense to do so.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • rollonubears

    we should be able to provide an online feed with live or slightly-delayed footage streamed from one camera, and linked to a kgo feed. that would require nothing more than a couple phone calls, a couple faxes, a couple signatures, and a few points of extra credit for an eecs major.

  • BluenGold

    Rollon-
    You could always listen to Joe Starkey call the game over the KGO-AM web site. The TV thing is all controlled by contractual obligations through the school as well as the Pac 10, so you are beating a dead horse with that one.

  • rollonubears

    i thought kgo blocks their site for game broadcasts, too. you have to pay $7.95 for gametracker on the cal site, just to get the audio feed of the game. They have that set up already. If i can’t find the audio feed anywhere else, I might just have to sign up for it. At least I’ll get a couple early season hoops games, too. They put those on gametracker with video, and have contracts with comcast for that sport, too. Oh well.

  • Steve W

    The bottom line is that nobody outside of hardcore Bears fan wants to see a WSU-Cal matchup on tv, and that’s why it’s not being televised. USC and Washington are probably the only two programs in the PAC 10 that are guaranteed for television every week regardless of the opponent. Not sure about Oregon. Maybe Phil Knight took care of that.

  • BluenGold

    Rollon- Check the KGO radio website. I saw the game was listed on their program schedule for Saturday afternoon. Also, my son goes to school in Virginia and listens to the game broadcasts online, so I think you can listen that way.

    Steve W- My guess is there are some hardcore WSU fans that would watch a telecast as well, but not enough to make it profitable given the overhead involved in doing live coverage.

  • Big D

    I could be wrong, but the temporary lights are still up in Memorial Stadium from the last game played there. Is the issue paying to turn on the lights? Is the cost for the energy or the actual light rental the issue? JO, any insight on this?

  • ToparchiBear

    Big D:

    There were two perminent fixed temporary lights and two rented movable temporary lights.
    And, I believe the real reason for not broadcasting and black out on TV just like the pro did. If you don’t sell out, there will be no TV to encourage more attendance to experience the real game. And, because WaSu is at the bottom of the PAC. The TV rating for this game will be low even if they are on TV. And, how about the cost to set up camera, TV feeds, etc…..

    Well folks, In order to support CAL, buy a tiket and come out to experience the real Cal football game. No matter what, I will be there.

    Go Bears!

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Big, yes the lights on the west side of the field are still there. I’m assuming the cost would be to bring in the rest of the lights and the use of them.