Football: Three games picked up by TV; Cal shut out by ABC/ESPN

Fox Sports Net has picked up three of Cal’s 2010 games — Sept. 11 vs. Colorado, Oct. 16 at USC and the Big Game against Stanford on Nov. 20 at Memorial Stadium. All three games will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and will air in the Bay Area on either Comcast SportsNet Bay Area or Comcast SportsNet California.

FSN made the selections after ABC/ESPN decided not to pick up any of Cal’s remaining games. It had already been announced that ESPN2 will broadcast Cal’s Sept. 17 game at Nevada.

But that doesn’t mean the Bears’ presence on ABC/ESPN ultimately will only be limited to the Nevada game. ABC/ESPN reserves several time slots during the season to fill in with games 6 or 12 days before the game (usually 12). The network then is assured to air the most meaningful games. The Bears traditionally are picked up for most of those games, so they should be on ABC/ESPN more than once. But if Cal has a down season or isn’t viewed as a strong draw, some games could be in jeopardy of not being on TV. Fourty-four of Cal’s past 45 games have been on television, with the only exception being last year’s contest against Washington State.

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.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Smart move by the ABC/ESPN. They learn afterall.

  • CM

    Quick question for Jon and or anyone else who can answer it. Cal says there are approx. 38,000 season ticketholders. Does this figure include Cal student season ticketholders or not?

    I have heard the student figure is about 10,000. So if the 10,000 students is not included in the 38,000 figure, that leaves us with 48,000 total season ticketholders (in a 45,000 seat stadium), which means at least 3,000 students will be squeezed out. Probably more than that because visiting teams will probably be given a couple thousand tickets. So potentially the student section is cut in half, down to 5,000!

  • rollonubears

    i think the figure includes students, but even if it doesn’t, how many of the 10,000 students do you think will make the trek across the bay, anyway? i remember barely waking up in time to lug my ass up the hill in time for a 12:30 kickoff at Memorial. Getting up at 9 to take bart over there is an option, but my guess is that about 5k students actually go to these games, on average.

  • covinared

    I wonder if usc will have any games on tv.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    CM, I’m pretty sure the figure includes students. Sandy Barbour also said the allotment of student seats will be a tad under what it is at Memorial Stadium, but comparable.