Action3News Releases Jay’s TV Coverage

Travis Justice from Action3News tonight revealed the Bluejay games they are broadcasting on their network.  The Jays will be on 9 times.  As mentioned previously, Travis will be doing the play-by-play and the former Jay, Nick Bahe, will be joining Travis on the broadcast.

Here are the games they will have on Action3News (Channel 5, 705 on Cox Cable):

  • 11/22 vs. Oral Roberts
  • 11/25 @ Arkansas-Little Rock
  • 12/10 vs. Dayton
  • 12/28 vs. Wichita St.
  • 1/6 vs. Northern Iowa
  • 1/24 vs. Drake
  • 2/4 @ Drake
  • 2/8 @ Northern Iowa
  • 2/24 @ Missouri St.

They will be covering all of the Iowa games this year (Drake, Northern Iowa).   It is great that they are able to cover these games, especially on nights that will be taking out CBS primetime programming.   I think they picked the best games that were left after ESPN and FSN had their picks.

I’m not surprised that the rest of the non-conference schedule against the SWAC (Southern, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi Valley State) were not picked up, but a little surprised that the opening game of the season against New Mexico was not picked up.   I suppose however that the idea is to hopefully fill the Qwest Center for the opening game and that if you want to see the Jays in action that you need to be there to see it.  The other set of games that I’m surprised were not picked up were either of the Indiana St. games.  It is always a storyline to see coaches that used to be on the same staff play against each other.   With Coach McKenna being at Creighton and the Omaha area for several years, it is too bad it won’t be on TV.  However, I wouldn’t want to go to Terre Haute either.

Also, I understand that the costs involved to go to Philly to broadcast the St. Joes game was kind of expensive and the rights fees to broadcast the Las Vegas Classic games were astronomical.  That could be why Action3 chose not to do those games.

As for the other games remaining that could be televised, the St. Joes game is looking to be picked up by a local Philly station for an afternoon tip and the Nebraska game will most likely be on Fox Sports Net or Nebraska ETV.  I have no idea about the Las Vegas Classic games will be on TV.   There is also a chance that other away games that might be picked up locally could be beamed back to Omaha and available on a Cox channel.

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2 Responses to Action3News Releases Jay’s TV Coverage

  1. gtmo says:

    As was pointed out in ref to the Drexel game last year…game was picked up by cable and was evidently shown back in the Midwest. Could be a similar scenario with this years’ St Joe’s game and the LV Classic contests.

    The MVC’s ESPN package sucks…what is ESPNU (or ESPN 360, for that matter) Where do these ‘channels’ show up? Elgin & Co. still have 2-3 years left on this ‘deal’ with ESPN. There definitely needs to be either a much better package negotiated, or go with CBS, Fox, Direct TV (Satellite) or (Comcast/Cox) cable for a better deal – in terms of National coverage as well as the number of games televised. The CAA, A-10, and others are all getting better deals for TV coverage – of course they are predominantly East Coast (EC) teams in major television coverage areas.

    The MVC can do much better than we are currently doing, without having to depend so heavily on local coverage.

    Many folks are happy with the current situation. However, as one who lives in MD and FL, not being able to watch the Jays (other than computer simulcast) is frustrating. A modern, up-to-date, 2008 TV package is needed. I would be in favor of a satellite tv deal – on the side, for comprehensive coverage of the bulk of the season not on ESPN or FSN.

  2. […] to watch all the Jays home games.  Thanks to Valley TV schedule and the local coverage by Action3News, a lot of the road games are able to be seen by the Jays fans here in Omaha as well.  Here is the […]

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