Nichole Steelman is hoping for a Hail Mary.
Not on Boise States blue turf but in her business preparations for the home-opener football game against the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The 1 p.m. Saturday game at Bronco Stadium isnt being aired on television for the first time in 10 years. Its available only through ESPN3, an online streaming service.
Thats left some Treasure Valley bars and restaurants trying to figure out a way to show the game.
Steelman, one of the managers at the Ram Restaurant and Brewery in Meridian, said she didnt realize until Tuesday that it wasnt airing on TV.
You see ESPN in the title, and you think, Oh, I have that package. I have it, she said.
When a customer called to ask if theyd be showing the game, she checked again and realized that it might not be so easy. Steelman said her sports bar hadnt given up on the possibility, but it isnt looking good.
Its to-be-determined, she said.
Kevin Martinez, the manager at the Rams Boise location, was even less optimistic.
As of right now, I dont think were going to have it, he said Thursday afternoon, adding that his chef thinks he may be able to connect a laptop to one of the TVs. Well give it a shot, and well do what we can do.
ESPN owns the TV rights to all Boise State home games, and under the seven-year contract can put up to two games a year on the Internet-only channel.
The rub is that only certain Internet providers carry ESPN3, including Cable One and AT&T. The carriers do not include Verizon or CenturyLink.
The Broadway Bar let its regulars know on Facebook that it will be screening the game.
Renee Webster, assistant manager at Broadway, said owner George Wade is fairly tech-savvy. She said he did a test run Wednesday night using a laptop to see if it would work.
We have eight big-screen TVs. Well only be showing the game on four, with the use of three laptops, Webster said. Normally, we would have the game on every screen.
Webster said Broadway is a bit concerned about the quality of the streaming video.
This is a first, she said. Weve never had to do it this way before.
Boises Crescent No Lawyers Bar & Grill started working on the issue a month ago, said owner Jody Morrison.
Were going to have the game on multiple screens, she said. Everybody in the place will have a good view.
The Crescent has seating for about 360 people, she said.
Big Als in Meridian was working Thursday to determine if it would be able to at show the game at least on its centerpiece 55-foot screen.
Weve got a couple of employees who have a Cable One account. Were trying to log into their account and make sure well be able to get access, said John ODonnell, Big Als marketing manager.
We do want to test it first, he said.
ODonnell said Big Als has been flooded with calls.
Bronco Nation is desperate to catch this weeks game, he said. Unfortunately, everybody cant make it down to the stadium. Wed love to get it on.
There is one way for Boise State fans to make sure they see the game: Boise State said Thursday that 7,000 tickets remain for Saturdays game.
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