No OKC schools on TV is disappointing
After looking over the high school television schedule for Cox and KSBI, there are certainly some compelling games.
But there’s also something missing — Oklahoma City schools.
Sure, you’ve got Midwest City, all three Edmond schools, two of the three Moore schools, Del City and even Roland (I love Roland, lived there for a few years, but Roland?!).
No Oklahoma City schools, though.
No Star Spencer.
Not even Millwood.
I understand that advertising drives these things. I understand there’s some consideration to the stadium and accommodations as well.
But there wasn’t even one suitable game among these schools that all are expected to challenge for titles?
Looking at the schedules for these three, there are no less than seven candidates for television games. I’m not even including the Sept. 12 Soul Bowl (Douglass at Millwood) since it’s a Saturday.
They could’ve picked:
Millwood at Star Spencer (Sept. 4); Star Spencer at Douglass or Millwood at McGuinness (Sept. 18); Seminole at Star Spencer (Oct. 15); Douglass at McGuinness (Oct. 16); Weatherford at Douglass (Oct. 23) or Star Spencer at Glenpool (Nov. 6).
On Oct. 1, Cox will feature Tulsa Hale at Tulsa Rogers. These schools aren’t even expected to make the playoffs, much less contend for a state title.
The Douglass-McGuinness game would seem to be a no-brainer for one of the stations. That day, Cox will carry Coweta at Tulsa East Central, a decent game but not knock-your-socks-off good. KSBI will feature Newcastle at Tuttle. I like Newcastle, but the Racers inexplicably will appear on TV twice (They’ll also be on Nov. 6 when they host Clinton.
Instead, Douglass (and McGuinness, for that matter) gets shut out.
So we’ll see six (6!) Southmoore games. The SaberCatks are going to be entertaining to watch but that’s more TV games than Jenks (2) and Tulsa Union (3) combined. We’ll also see half the regular-season games of Mustang and Norman North.
A look at the breakdown of television appearances by school:
5: Mustang, Norman North
3: Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe, Midwest City, Tulsa Union
2: Clinton, Del City, Edmond Memorial, Guthrie, Jenks, Newcastle, Norman North, Owasso, Putnam West, Tulsa East Central, Tulsa Hale, Westmoore
1: Ardmore, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Carl Albert, Casady, Clinton, Coweta, Heritage Hall, Metro Christian, Midwest City, Norman North, Putnam City, Putnam North, Roland, Tulsa Central, Tulsa East Central, Tulsa Kelley, Tulsa Rogers, Tulsa Washington, Tuttle, Weatherford
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