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Big 12 football: Other-game highlights coming to stadiums

by Berry Tramel Modified: July 22, 2013 at 10:25 am •  Published: July 22, 2013

College football highlights are coming to a Big 12 stadium near you.

Big 12 commission Bob Bowlsby said stadiums will show close-to-real-time highlights during timeouts, trying to enhance the experience of the paying customer.

“We feel like our attendance has remained relatively strong,” Bowlsby said Monday to kick off Big 12 Media Days, saying the conference has played to 85 percent capacity. “But nationwide, we’re seeing … numbers declining.

“I think bringing highlights in will take into account and help one of the things that is getting to be a challenge for us.”

Bowlsby said that during the timeouts that sometimes run between 21/2 and three minutes long, highlights of other games will become a staple.

“I really think it’s going to be a terrific thing for our fans,” Bowlsby said. “One item that will keep people from staying home in front of their televisions.

“We see people that have a 60-inch television, (internet) on their laps, no lines at the restroom, no charge for concessions, have a cold beer when they want to, don’t have to spend 6-8 hours traveling to and from the stadium.

“It’s something we’re excited about and think will greatly enhance the stadium experience.”

Bowlsby mentioned this initiative during a speaking engagement in Oklahoma City last winter but now says it’s a done deal.

OU has been showing some highlights during games, though usually well late. OSU rarely has shown highlights.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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