Grizzly football broadcast update
Here is the updated information on the media coverage of The University of Montana Grizzlies' next three non-league football games of 2008:
The only channels that will carry the next three UM games include:
Missoula: 8.2 digital and cable channel 18.
Billings: 2.2 digital and cable channel 11.
Great Falls: 3.2 digital and cable channel l 2.
Bozeman: 7.2 digital and cable channel 14.
Butte: 4.2 digital and cable channel 16.
The games will more-than-likely not be available in many rural areas across the Hi-Line and eastern Montana.
The CW-TV station in Helena is not affiliated with CBS or KPAX-TV of Missoula, therefore it does not carry any of the non-conference games. However, the next three Griz football games will be aired on a tape-delayed basis starting at 10:30 p.m. on KXLH in Helena.
CW games are also available on Dish Network channels only in Montana. They are not shown on DirecTV.
"There may have been some confusion last week, particularly across the Hi-Line and eastern Montana, as well as in the Helena market, and this caused frustration," said Griz Director of Athletics Jim O'Day. "We accept full responsibility for this misinterpretation and hope this new information will clarify where the game can be seen.
"Thanks to KPAX and the Montana News Stations across Montana, we are able to get these non-conference games up to more than 75 percent of the viewers in the state. Because of broadcasting restrictions by CBS nationally, the only other option to televise these games would be via delayed broadcast, and that has not been popular in the past.
"CW was made available -- and offered free-of-charge to us -- so we were happy to have the opportunity to air the games live. It also allows us to get the games up via satellite to other fans across the country. Without the assistance of these stations, non-Big Sky Conference games would not be televised this year."
KPAX and its MTN affiliates own the rights to all of the Grizzlies' Big Sky games this year.
Griz fans are also reminded that all of Montana's football games are available on the Grizzly Football Radio Network:
FLAGSHIP Stations: Missoula: KGVO, 1290 AM & KXGZ, 101.5 FM
Anaconda/Deer Lodge: KQRV, 96.5 FM
Billings: KPRB, 105.9 FM
Butte: KQRV, 99.3 FM
Glasgow: KLTZ 1240 AM
Glendive: KXGN 1400 AM
Great Falls/Havre: KMON, 560 AM
Hamilton: KLYQ, 1240 AM
Hardin: KHDN, 1230 AM
Helena: KCAP, 1340 AM
Kalispell/Polson/Whitefish: KOFI,1180 AM
Lewistown: KXLO, 1230 AM
Livingston: KPRK, 1340 AM
Miles City: KMTA, 1050 AM
Plentywood: KATQ, 1070 AM & 100.1 FM
Shelby: KZIN, 96.7 FM
Sidney: KTHC, 95.1 FM
Also, the rest of the Grizzly football games this year can be seen via video streaming on bigskytv.org ? free of charge the entire 2008 season.
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