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Beyond the screen: Take a look at the possibilities for televised campus athletic events
Matt Tomjack
Guest Writer

Multi-million dollar television contracts, stations fighting over the rights to air our games and sports celebrities coming from all over the country to broadcast in front of our stadium. These things are fairly normal for some universities but not for UNK. That’s not to say that UNK is not trying.

For those who have been around UNK football, game day television crews are a rarity but not an abnormal sight. Every other year, NET broadcasts the Lopers vs. Nebraska-Omaha. They set up two days before and can be seen around campus shooting scenes of students walking to class or sitting around the fountain.

 When Ron and Carol Cope Stadium was constructed, it was built with television in mind, and the athletic department supports the idea wholeheartedly, according to assistant athletic director Peter Yazvac. “Our stadium and field is very friendly, and it was designed that way. I imagine they have a lot of trouble setting up at other RMAC stadiums where televised games were not a thought before the construction. We do, and have always wanted televised games at UNK.”

UNK’s conference, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), has a deal with the Altitude channel to broadcast one RMAC football game a week throughout this football season. This season UNK will have three games aired nationwide. These games of the week included last Saturday’s Chadron State game, one more road game, and at least one more home game.

While most schools look forward to the revenue generated from televised games, UNK takes a more promotional approach. Stations such as ABC and CBS air all of their games, with the exception of prime time games, as regional. For example, games in the Midwest cannot be viewed on the coasts and vice versa. RMAC’s games are aired nationwide, and UNK is making the most of it.

“This is great exposure for the football team, and when we play at home, for the campus and city of Kearney. It's cool that someone in New York City could flip to Altitude and watch our game live Saturday,” Yazvac said.

These broadcasts bring potential entertainment to everyone with access to the Altitude channel, and give free publicity and raise awareness about UNK. People from all over the country can come to love the Lopers without ever stepping foot on campus. Players who never would have heard of UNK will know about this fine athletic institution.

“In a way, all of our games are televised now. The RMAC signed an agreement with B2 Networks last year. Now all RMAC football games can be watched on your computer for a game or season price. It's the same company that works with the Tri-City Storm. You can go to where we have information on our Web site about B2,” Yazvac said.


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