FOX Sports, K-State release slate

MANHATTAN, Kan. - FOX Sports Kansas City will broadcast 11 Kansas State men's basketball games in 2009-10 season, the school and network announced on Wednesday.

The regional sports network will produce and distribute 11 men's basketball games, including two key Big 12 Conference contests.  The television schedule opens on Sunday, Nov. 8 with the lone exhibition game against Pittsburg State at Bramlage Coliseum, which tips at 3 p.m. 

In addition to the Gorillas, the Wildcats will play Loyola Chicago on Friday, Nov. 13, Western Illinois on Sunday, Nov. 15, IUPUI at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Saturday, Nov. 28, Fort Hays State on Tuesday, Dec. 1, UNLV at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday, Dec. 12, Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday, Dec. 21, Cleveland State on Tuesday, Dec. 29 and South Dakota on Sunday, Jan. 3 in non-league action on FSN Kansas City.  The conference portion of play begins with a road game against Baylor on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and follows with a home game against Nebraska on Wednesday, Feb. 17.    

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 28 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 11 games on FOX Sports Kansas City completes a comprehensive television schedule for the Wildcats with a total of 28 telecasts, including all 16 conference games.  The team will have 10 nationally-televised games, all on the ESPN family of networks.  The squad will also have seven regular-season league games broadcast as a part of the Big 12 Conference Television network, which replaced the former ESPN Plus regional package a year ago.

FOX Sports Kansas City is in its seventh year as a third-tier television rights holder for K-State Athletics.  In addition to its men's and women's basketball, volleyball and baseball coverage, the network has the Bill Snyder, 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 FOX Sports Kansas City.

FOX Sports Kansas City, a regional sports television network, is the leading provider of local sports in Kansas and western Missouri, reaching more than 1.6 million cable and satellite television homes.  FOX Sports 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.  FSN is the nation's leading provider of local sports.  Nationally, through its 19 owned-and-operated regional networks serves as the TV home to more than half of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams.

The team begins practice on Friday, Oct. 16.