There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about the TV situation regarding UND hockey games this season, so I will try to clarify it again here in this blog post.
1. UND games WILL be on Fox College Sports and DirecTV again this season. They will be produced by Midco (which has hired some of WDAZ’s guys). Dan Hammer will be the play-by-play announcer.
2. UND games WILL be on Midcontinent locally. Fans who are used to watching games on their Midco channels will continue to get them.
3. CableOne in Fargo DOES NOT yet have an agreement with Midco to pick up UND games. As of now, CableOne subscribers will be left out. This, of course, could change. I’m guessing CableOne will hear from a lot of customers once hockey season starts.
BEYOND THIS YEAR:
4. Beginning in 2013-14, UND will NOT be on Fox College Sports anymore. The reason for this is that the NCHC and CBS College Sports have an exclusivity agreement for national broadcasts. The five-year Midco deal has NOTHING to do with UND going off of Fox College Sports.
5. Beginning in 2013-14, all of UND’s home games will continue to be on Midcontinent locally and regionally.
6. Beginning in 2013-14, CBS College Sports will broadcast approx. five UND games per season nationally.
7. I have not yet received clarification on whether the Twin Cities will be considered “regional” and if games will be picked up there beginning in 2013-14.
8. For those of you who live far away and watch games on Fox College Sports, webcasts will probably be your best option beginning in 2013-14. There have been rumblings that UND will increase the quality of their webcasts to coincide with that season. Also, I recommend learning how to hook up your computer to the TV. It’s easy and works well. I’m guessing some UND hockey bars (perhaps Senser’s) will do this as well.
9. The 2013-14 season is still more than a year away. A lot of movement can and will happen with TV/webcasts between now and then. So, I do not know how everything will work come that season and which games will be on TV. We will have to let that play out in the next year. It is nearly impossible to say how everything will work 14 months from now.
10. Once again, you will NOT notice many changes for this upcoming season. The changes will begin in 2013-14.