MSU, UM playoffs inaccessible to many Montanans

2011-11-21T21:37:00Z 2011-11-29T17:44:57Z MSU, UM playoffs inaccessible to many MontanansThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 21, 2011 9:37 pm  • 

MISSOULA - The University of Montana and Montana State football teams are headed to the postseason, but many fans in the state might not be able to watch the games on television.

ESPN has the rights to the games and plans to only show the first- and second-round games, as well as some quarterfinal contests, on ESPN3, an internet-based channel many Montanans can't access. MSU Athletics Director Peter Fields says he has no say in ESPN's decision, but the schools can lobby to have their games picked for broadcast.

Meanwhile, Gordie Fix, owner of Missoula's Press Box sports bar, says "we're finding out pretty much that we're out of luck."

MSU will host New Hampshire on Dec. 3. The Griz will play at home the same day against the winner of Saturday's Central Arkansas-Tennessee Tech game.


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