FSN Midwest, K-State announce Basketball TV slate

MANHATTAN, Kan. FSN Midwest will broadcast a combined 14 Kansas State men’s and women’s basketball games in 2006-07 season, the school and network announced on Wednesday.


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 Nov. 15 with the first road game of the Bob Huggins era against Big East foe Rutgers at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. 


In addition to the Scarlet Knights, the Wildcats will play Cleveland State on Dec. 5, North Dakota State on Dec. 9 and Chicago State on Jan. 22 in non-league action on FSN Midwest.  The network will also broadcast the last three games of the Findley Toyota Las Vegas Classic, including the home game against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Dec. 19 as well as the two neutral site contests at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., against USC on Dec. 22 and either New Mexico or Wichita State on Dec. 23.


The conference portion of play begins on Jan. 17 with a home game against Baylor.  The network will also broadcast both contests against Nebraska, first at home on Jan. 27 and finally in Lincoln on Feb. 13.

The addition of the 10 games on FSN Midwest completes the most comprehensive television schedule in school history with a total of 27 regular-season telecasts, including all 16 conference games.


The network will regionally telecast four K-State women’s games.  The Wildcats will host NCAA Tournament participant Missouri (Jan. 13), archrival Kansas (Jan. 24), Colorado (Feb. 14) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 28) on FSN Midwest.  In addition, four K-State games will be televised nationally as part of FSN’s Big 12 women’s basketball package, including games against Baylor (Jan. 20), Texas (Feb. 3), Kansas (Feb. 18) and Iowa State (Feb. 24).  In total, the Wildcats will have nine games televised regionally or nationally in 2006-07.


Per Big 12 Conference guidelines, the K-State men’s regional basketball telecasts on FSN Midwest are available on cable and satellite in the state of Kansas and throughout the Kansas City area, reaching more than 1 million homes.  There are no conference restrictions on the four K-State women’s regional telecasts, which can air throughout the entire FSN Midwest territory. 


This past summer, Kansas State announced a three-year extension with FSN Midwest 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 makes the network the exclusive home of the Ron Prince, Bob Huggins 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) call K-State men’s basketball action on FSN Midwest, with Boyle and Patti Phillips and/or Missy Decker Hedrick (analyst) calling women’s games.


FSN Midwest, a regional sports television network, reaches more than 5.4 million cable and satellite television homes in six states.  FSN Midwest telecasts more than 2000 hours of local programming each year, including Indiana Pacers basketball, Indiana Fever basketball, Cincinnati Reds baseball, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Kansas City Royals baseball, St. Louis Blues hockey, Kansas City Brigade Arena Football, Big 12 football, Big 12 women’s basketball, Missouri Valley Conference athletics, University of Missouri basketball, Kansas State University athletics, University of Nebraska basketball, local high school sports and much more.  Nationally, FSN’s 25 regional sports channels reach more than 82 million homes and serve as the cable TV home to 68 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States