The Mountain West released its mens basketball television schedule Thursday and it was bad news for Boise State fans hoping to watch the Broncos just one game is scheduled to be broadcast locally at this point.
The Broncos regular-season finale against San Diego State on March 9 at Taco Bell Arena will be televised by NBC Sports Network.
Three other games versus UNLV (Feb. 2), at San Diego State (Feb. 6) and at UNLV (March 5) will be televised by the Time Warner Cable Sports Network. The network launches Oct. 1 and is not available in the Treasure Valley.
Last year every Boise State conference game was broadcast by one of the leagues television partners, including The Mtn., a cable channel dedicated to the league. The network was disbanded in May.
Each school now has the rights to any non-televised home games. Boise State must decide if it wants to televise the games, Bronco Sports Properties General Manager Dan Hawley said. The late notice, the expense of producing games and a desire to draw fans to Taco Bell Arena could lead the school to opt not to televise the games. No decision has been made.
The Broncos could face a similar situation in 2013, when they join the Big West. The league has announced a new agreement with Fox Sports Networks for its second-tier rights. The deal includes several channels that are not available in the Boise market.
Commissioner Dennis Farrell said the game will be available on Fox College Sports (Channel 623 on DirecTV) and Boise State could strike a deal with Fox to air the games locally.
All mens and womens basketball games and womens volleyball games will be available online for free, Farrell said.
The Big West is still negotiating with ESPN for its first-tier rights.
The deals will allow the Big West to distribute revenue to its members, Farrell said.
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