From the too stupid to be true file, check out why the Cougars won't be on TV tomorrow night against fellow Top 25 team Stanford. (No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 19 USC won't be on tonight either.)
A bit of the story:
Compared to Pac-10 football, where you can play your way onto TV frequently, there's less flexibility in basketball. Fox Sports Net has the rights, makes its picks before the season and secondary carrier FSN gets second dibs.The Pac-10 does a lot of things right, but scheduling TV games in its showcase sports and getting good tie-ins for bowl games are not two of them.
For the Cougars, it's not seconds. FSN has its Sonics contract, and also a tighter deal with the University of Washington. That means lesser access for WSU, and having to stay away from the "windows" of those telecasts.
For instance, FSN, which will show the Washington-Cal game Thursday night, offered WSU the option of being televised live at 9:30 p.m. The Cougars declined, and they should. Schussing up Highway 195 to Spokane at 12:30 a.m. on a winter night is not a good thing.
What's that you say? Those are the two most imporatnt things for any conference?
Uhhhh ... never mind.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen is the worst commissioner in collegiate sports. He's a backwards thinking old man who has no clue how to promote what should be one of the premier conferences in the country. ESPN passed him by years ago, and now he's stuck trying to make up lost ground, something he clearly has no interest in doing.
(Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels this way. Check out this site.)