Big Sky TV - the morning after

The Big Sky Conference announced its new TV contract on Tuesday, calling it a win-win for everyone in the league. Indeed, the contract with Root Sports calls for up to 18 football games, including many double-headers, and up to 12 basketball games.Revenue will get a boost and the conference will get more exposure, says Commissioner Doug Fullerton.

But some may win more than others. And then there's those two words: "up to." What does that mean, exactly?

The league and the network were fuzzy on a few things, including exactly how many games would be televised, and who might appear most. They were quite clear that the Montana-Montana State football game will be one of them, and implicit in that statement is that both schools, especially the Grizzlies, will be get plenty of face time. Here's the perspective from the Missoulian .

Fortunately the Eagle fans, EWU football has a high profile these days compared with most of the rest of the league, and it has the Spokane market. But what of the other schools? It will be interesting to see the composition of the Root schedule.

Other concerns revolve around the plight of local stations, who will have to wait until March 15 to see what's left. And don't forget the fans in remote areas (isn't that most of Montana?) who still lack basic cable.

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