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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Nebraska sets first three games for PPV telecasts

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Posted by's Tim Griffin

Nebraska's athletic department has announced the Cornhuskers' first three home games of the season will be telecast on a pay-per-view basis.

Fox Sports Net will produce the pay-per-view telecasts for those three games. Details will be forthcoming in the next several weeks. Cost of Nebraska games on pay-per-view last season was $29.95 per game.

Here are the Cornhuskers' three pay-per-view games:

Sept. 5: Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m.

Sept. 12: Arkansas State, 1 p.m.

Sept. 26: Louisiana-Lafayette, 6 p.m.   

These moves of games to a pay-per-game telecast are significant for a couple of reasons. It means that the majority of Nebraska early-season games again will be available only if fans pay for privilege of watching them.

As Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe continues considering creation of a Big 12 television network, it appears that the Cornhuskers are taking the most active role of any of the conference's schools in experimenting with cable television as a revenue source.

I've always wondered if the appeal of a television network solely about the Big 12 might have the viability of regionalized ones that have even a more narrow point of view. Like how about a full-time "Nebraska network" specifically for Cornhusker fans?

I could see a Texas, Oklahoma or Nebraska sports channel being a very attractive property as satellite dishes and cable television penetration becomes more widespread. Particularly as those channels broadcast games, press conference and shows developed for fans of those schools to keep up with their teams.

Is this a pipe dream? I don't think so.

I'm curious how many fans would be willing to pay for a channel to follow their favorite team. Or would they be interested in a conference-wide model like the Big Ten is employing where the money is pooled and the revenues are shared equally among conference schools?