Game times hard to predict

By Jake Trotter Published: May 26, 2008
Last week, the Big 12 released its first wave of televised games for the 2008 college football season.

Games picked up by ABC included the Red River Shootout to be televised nationally at 11 a.m. as well as Oklahoma's home bout with Cincinnati, scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on regional television.

Predicting the times and channels for the other games is like predicting Oklahoma weather.

It's not exact science, thanks to an array of loopholes, exceptions and hidden contracts ABC, ESPN and Fox Sports Net exploit to optimize their broadcast package.

Ultimately, the network pecking order of Big 12 games can be simplified to make reasonable guesses about what OU's remaining schedule could look like regarding TV and times.

According to Big 12 associate commissioner Tim Allen, who is the Big 12 messenger to the networks, ABC owns the rights to televise 18 of the league's games in addition to the Big 12 Championship.

ABC also has the first and second picks of Big 12 games each Saturday, unless the network decides to regionalize the two broadcasts at the same time. In that scenario, ABC has the first and third picks.

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