Friday, October 5, 2012
Battle of the Midway to proceed as planned
By Eamonn Brennan
After a Thursday San Diego Union-Tribune report revealed this season's planned Battle on the Midway game between San Diego State and Syracuse to be in jeopardy of cancellation, the schools -- as well as broadcast partner Fox Sports San Diego -- confirmed in a news release that the game would proceed as scheduled.
“We are excited to be participating in the game against Syracuse on the USS Midway,” SDSU athletics director Jim Sterk said in a release. “We are fortunate to have a great group of people supporting this event, which will give us an opportunity to showcase our basketball program, University and community to the entire nation. It will truly be an unforgettable experience.”
“FOX Sports San Diego is committed to ensuring the game takes place as scheduled,” said Henry S. Ford, Sr. Vice President and General Manager. “We’re happy to work with San Diego State and Syracuse to make Battle on the Midway a first-class event here in San Diego and an outstanding telecast to our national audiences.”
Concerns about event cancellations and a lack of sponsorship had a "half-dozen" Union-Tribune sources worried the possibility the game might be cancelled, but Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil he didn't foresee the game being missed, even if it required relocation to an indoor venue.
The Battle of the Midway is set for Friday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET).