For the first time in seven years, Cox Communications will have a monopoly on local high school football telecasts as KSBI-52 does not plan to air a game of the week.
On Thursday, Cox announced its 17-game high school football telecast schedule, which includes four appearances by Broken Arrow and three each by Southmoore, Tulsa Union and Jenks.
Cox's schedule includes Tulsa Union vs. Jenks — the state's most-heralded rivalry — at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, from the University of Tulsa's Chapman Stadium.
Steve Marshall will serve as Oklahoma City area play-by-play announcer, and Mike Wolfe will handle the Tulsa telecasts. The analysts have yet to be named. The telecasts will be replayed on Saturdays.
On two Fridays, two games are listed. On Sept. 16, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union will air statewide and Owasso at Jenks will air on another channel in Tulsa or on tape delay. On Sept. 30, Putnam City North at Midwest City will air in Oklahoma City and a Tulsa area game to be determined will air in Tulsa.
KSBI President Vince Orza said his station is taking a different approach by offering scoreboard update shows on Thursday and Friday nights instead of a game of the week.
“We'll send our folks to cover several games each night rather than just one game,” he said. “We'll be going live from multiple venues and giving a full slate of scores for the area games.”