K-State, FSN announce Basketball TV slate

MANHATTAN, Kan. Fox Sports Kansas City will broadcast 10 Kansas State men’s basketball games in 2008-09 season, the school and network announced on Tuesday.


The regional sports network will produce and distribute 10 men’s basketball games, including three key Big 12 Conference contests.  The television schedule opens on Friday, Nov. 14 with the regular-season opener against Florida A&M at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m.


In addition to the Rattlers, the Wildcats will play Emporia State on Wednesday, Nov. 19, Oakland on Tuesday, Nov. 25, Southern Mississippi at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Thursday, Dec. 11, Wagner on Tuesday, Dec. 30, Idaho State on Saturday, Jan. 3 and Chicago State on Monday, Jan. 5 in non-league action on FSN Kansas City.  The conference portion of play begins with a home game against Missouri on Wednesday, Jan. 28, and follows with a home game against Iowa State on Tuesday, Feb. 3 before concluding with a road tilt at Iowa State on Saturday, Feb. 21.


These telecasts will be available to more than 1 million homes in the state of Kansas and throughout the Kansas City area.  Many of these contests will also be available on the ESPN Full Court package, which will give Wildcat fans throughout the country the ability to watch as many as 25 regular-season games on at least one of the ESPN family of networks (ESPN on ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Full Court).  The complete ESPN Full Court schedule will released at a later date.    


The addition of the 10 games on FSN Kansas City completes a comprehensive television schedule for the Wildcats with a total of 26 regular-season telecasts, including all 16 conference games.  The team will have eight nationally-televised games, including seven on the ESPN family of networks.  The squad will also have eight regular-season league games broadcast as a part of the newly-branded Big 12 Conference Television network, which replaces the former ESPN Plus regional package.


In the summer of 2006, Kansas State announced a three-year extension with FSN Kansas City to continue as the exclusive television partner for Wildcat athletics.  The contract continues to make the regional sports network the holder of the Wildcats’ third-tier television rights for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball.  The agreement also made the network the exclusive home of the Ron Prince, Frank Martin and Deb Patterson television shows.  Those weekly shows are also available nationwide on satellite and to digital cable subscribers who have access to Fox College Sports.


Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) will call all the action on FSN Kansas City.


The school also announced the start times for the remainder of their non-televised, non-conference schedule.  The Wildcats open the season against Washburn in an exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.  The team then plays SE Missouri State on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m., Gardner-Webb on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., Centenary on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. and North Carolina Central on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

FSN Kansas City, a regional sports television network, is the leading provider of local sports in Kansas, Nebraska and western Missouri, reaching more than 1.6 million cable and satellite television homes.  FSN Kansas City serves as the television home of Kansas City Royals baseball plus Big 12, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of Missouri and Missouri Valley Conference athletics and much more.  Nationally, FSN's owned-and-operated regional networks and its affiliated networks reach more than 80 million homes across the U.S.  FSN serves as the TV home to nearly two-thirds of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States and produces close to 5,000 live local events each year.