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Mediacom: No Insight Bowl after all

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Iowa State-Minnesota bowl game blacked out

The Mediacom customers in Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes won't be able to see the Insight Bowl at home on New Year's Eve after all.

The 5 p.m. game matches Iowa State and Minnesota and is only being carried in central Iowa -- with permission from NFL Network.

WOI, the ABC affiliate serving the Des Moines and Ames TV markets is carried as a secondary ABC station, on channel 18 for the Mediacom customers in northwest Iowa. Mediacom recently learned WOI will not be able to carry the game signal to cable providers serving customers beyond its primary market.

"Areas of northwest and southwest Iowa are considered to be in the Sioux City (KCAU, channel 9) or Omaha viewing areas respectively," a statement Wednesday from Mediacom said. "Broadcast rights for the December 31 game specifically prohibit ABC5 / WOI to extend its telecasts to those areas. The prohibition includes broadcasts carried over Mediacom, as well as any other cable network."

According to the distribution rights granted to WOI by the NFL Network, "any cable system serving communities outside the (designated market area) must delete the Insight Bowl telecast from the Primary Signal of WOI-TV as delivered to the cable system's subscribers."

The areas of northwest Iowa where the game telecast is not allowed include, among others, the counties of Dickinson, Clay, Emmet, Palo Alto, Cherokee and Buena Vista.

"While we regret that the viewing area is limited to the Des Moines television market, we understand that the program owner, NFL Net, controls the retransmission rules and that we are must be in strict compliance," said Mediacom regional vice president Bill Jensen. "These are similar to blackout rules that often apply to professional sports broadcasts, and they apply to all video distributors that don't carry the sports network."

The NFL Network's direct telecast of the Insight Bowl is available on Direct TV and Dish Network.

Spencer Municipal Utilities, an alternative cable television provider in Spencer, carries NFL Network, so its customers will see Iowa State's bowl game.

NFL Network which is Channel 30 in standard definition and Channel 230 in high definition is part of our HiDef Plus package," said Amanda Paulsen, sales and marketing coordinator at Spencer Municipal Utilities. "We'll also be covering Iowa vs. Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl next week on Fox via KPTH."

The Iowa State University athletic department said the Insight Bowl coverage will be on the Cyclone Radio Network with John Walters doing play-by-play, Eric Heft providing color and Ben Bruns doing sideline reporting duties.

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What the heck is NFL Network doing broadcasting a college game anyway! Why would the BCS people even think that is a good idea! The bowl games should all be on networks that are nationwide! I think we should do away with the BCS and go back to the way it used to be.

-- Posted by Siercko on Wed, Dec 30, 2009, at 9:08 PM

I don't necessarily think that ALL the current bowl games need to be nationwide (although it is true that many teams have fans across the nation) as that would require them all to be on ABC, NBC and CBS and would blot out a lot of original programming. However, it does make sense to air the games regionally on an accessible channel- especially when BOTH teams are regional and have many fans in the area.

Siercko- I'm a fan with doing away with the bowl games, keeping the BCS system as a ranking device and implementing an 8 team playoff system with the top 8 BCS teams. The "big 4" bowls can alternate as the championship game and serve as lead-in games on their off years.

-- Posted by notinia on Thu, Dec 31, 2009, at 6:05 AM

Notinia! I think we found something we can agree on!

-- Posted by HergerSeamas on Thu, Dec 31, 2009, at 5:22 PM

Cheers to that, Herger, and happy 2010 CET!

-- Posted by notinia on Thu, Dec 31, 2009, at 5:33 PM

I'll have a beer for ya! Ditto on the 2010!

-- Posted by HergerSeamas on Fri, Jan 1, 2010, at 6:15 PM

Thanks, Herger, had a few myself ;)

-- Posted by notinia on Sun, Jan 3, 2010, at 5:51 AM

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