News of the day: TV and tickets
Ten Stampede games will air on live television this season, the club announced Wednesday. KTVB 24/7 will broadcast eight Friday home games from CenturyLink Arena, while CBS Sports Network will show two road games.
KTVB 24/7 games: Dec. 7, Austin; Dec. 14, Santa Cruz; Dec. 28, Reno; Jan. 11, Reno; Feb. 1, Los Angeles; March 15, Tulsa; March 29, Bakersfield; April 5, Los Angeles. All the games start at 7 p.m.
CBSSN games: Feb. 25, at Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.; March 25, at Santa Cruz, 7:30 p.m.
The Stampede are hosting a season-ticket pick-up party at the Stagecoach Inn in Garden City on Thursday. Season ticket holders can pick up their tickets and meet players, coaches, dance team members, owners and front office staff from 5 to 8 p.m.
Player of the day: Jason Ellis
The former Boise State standout was the defensive stalwart in the post when the Stampede won the D-League championship in 2008. Now, after knee surgery last season, he is back in camp and looking to add grit to the roster. Coaches are pleased with Ellis offensive awareness, noting that if they need an open shot, theyd want Ellis to set the pick for the shooter. I do what I do. Its important to do all the other stuff, because you can have an off-night shooting. You can control effort and your defense and rebounds, Ellis said.
Idaho vs. Reno Bighorns, at Albert Lowry High School, Winnemucca, Nev., Nov. 19, 8 p.m.
Idaho at Los Angeles D-Fenders, Nov. 28, 8 p.m.
Austin Toros at Idaho, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., CenturyLink Arena
Single-game tickets start at $8 and ticket packages start at $85. More information at (208) 388-4667 and idahostampede.com.