Another day begins, another day that the Big 12 needs to undergo some changes. In this case, per a report from the University of Oklahoma’s athletic department, the Sooners’ season opener against the Akron Zips on September 5 will only be available to watch on TV via pay-per-view.
Allow me to shed some light on the situation.
Fox Sports Oklahoma said yesterday that they would broadcast the game but since the game itself was not selected for cable TV or over-the-air broadcast, it will only be available if fans have the “dedicated pay-per-view channel” from their cable provider (or satellite).
Prices will depend on said provider but for fans of the teams that live out of state, they will have to pay $54.99 just to stream the game.
I’m sorry, but this is just ridiculous.
Sure, I understand that there are a multitude of sports networks on TV right now, some dedicated to conferences themselves, like SEC Network, Pac-12 Networks and Big Ten Network, plus the infinite number of ESPN and Fox channels, but why should people now have to pay extra to watch Oklahoma’s season opener against Akron? Yes, the game is likely going to be a laugher, but it’s still college football opening weekend and watching the game shouldn’t be a chore.
Sorry, folks, but the Big 12 dropped the ball on this one and should have had a deal to have the game broadcast statewide long ago.
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