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Football: TV update

By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 3:39 pm in Football, off-season stuff.

Fox/FX and Versus made some further selections today of Pac-12 games, but no additional Cal games were picked up for TV.

Fox/FX and Versus only selected six games. As with ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, the networks will have numerous games to choose from using the 6- or 12-day window rule once the season begins. So although Cal only has three games right now scheduled for television, most of its games should still be on TV.

Most of Cal’s conference games figure to be picked up by the networks. The question now will be what happens with each of the Bears’ three nonconference games. Since none of them were picked up by the conference’s TV partners, Cal now begins the process of working with local outlets, primarily Comcast SportsNet, to see if they can be locally produced. In case of the Fresno State game, since it’s being put on by an independent promoter, there are more moving parts to work with. The Colorado game on Sept. 10 might also be televised by a local outlet in the Denver market and perhaps that production is picked up in the Bay Area.

The Presbyterian game on Sept. 17 could be a leading candidate not to be televised.

The nonconference games should be resolved within the next month.

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