A perfect storm of sorts has knocked Saturday’s Iowa-Nebraska men’s basketball game from television to the Internet.
The game, originally scheduled to be played at 8 p.m. today and televised by ESPN2, was moved to 1 p.m. Saturday because of a snowstorm expected to hit both states. The game, from the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., will now be available free on-line at BTN2Go, the mobile version of the Big Ten Network.
“It was a storm weather-wise, and also a storm from the fact that it’s really, really difficult, if not impossible, on such notice to arrange for the production of events like this,” said Mark Rudner, the Big Ten’s senior associate commissioner and television administrator.
The game feed will be the same one that appears on the Devaney Sports Center video board. Audio will be provided by the Nebraska ‘s radio network.
Fans can go to BTN2Go.com to find out if their provider offers BTN2Go. It is widely available through providers like DIRECTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Mediacom, Charter Cox, Verizon FiOS and others. If your provider doesn’t offer BNT2Go, contact your provider.
In addition to watching the game on your computer you can search for “BTN2Go” in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play for Android devices.
Putting the game on BTN, which will carry women’s games at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, wasn’t an option. There was also no spot available on any ESPN platform.
“We tossed around the idea of not having any sort of coverage of the game,” Rudner said. “But we thought that something was better than nothing. People say we could have moved a women’s game. We could have, but it goes back to the fact that there were no production trucks or crews available on such notice. We could have shifted starting times. But we weren’t going to do that if we couldn’t get anyone to televise the game.”
Rudner said cooperation between administrators at Iowa and Nebraska was extraordinary.
“This was really a big challenge,” Rudner said. “Hopefully Iowa fans, Nebraska fans and Big Ten fans will understand this was just an unusual situation, and we did the best we could with what we had.”
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