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Published: Wednesday, May 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Tooele, UT

Another non-saturday game because of the deal with ESPN. GREAT!

Cedar Hills, UT

That ESPN thing is huge! lol

San Diego, CA

Hooray. The new Sept. 28 date for the Hawaii game avoids a conflict with the Gen. Relief Society Mtg. on Sept. 29 (in case Coach Chow was worried about which event his wife would watch).

Wally West

BYU being used as a filler on ESPN. Shocking!?

SportsCenter can't be on all the time; can it?

Mesa, AZ

The more non-Saturday games the better, for more folks to get to see the Cougars in prime-time. And now they get the season-opener, fantastic!

Rexburg, ID

Re: Wally West

So Wally, tell us how many nationally televised games will the Utes participate in this coming year; that is other than the game with Utah State (thanks to the WAC's relationship with ESPN)?

Good luck with USC. Once again you won't have to play Oregon or Stanford.

Tempe, AZ

"tell us how many nationally televised games will the Utes participate in this coming year"

Every game will be nationally televised.

South Weber, UT

The full moon that night would be more interesting.

pocatello, ID

There is no debate about it. The national spotlight during the WSU vs BYU game will be on 1st year coach Mike Leach, win or lose. Now that ESPN is taking on more football contracts like the ACC, it has to do something with Junior by moving games around. Enjoy your TV contract BYU fans. Its only going to get harder to get attention in the national TV spotlight. Based on last season's ratings it won't amount to much.

I must admit I will be interested to see the WSU, BSU & USU games.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Does anyone know what college football's opener is? If there is a silver lining to this it would be that it's the first game of the season.

Mesa Coug
Phoenix, AZ

I find it extremely funny that the BYU haters are bagging on us for having four games that are not on Saturday when they have exactly the same amount. Look up your own schedule. The only thing moving this to Thursday will do is that everyone will be watching the BYU WSU game instead of the Utah Northern Colorado game. Even the haters will be watching BYU.

Gorum The Old
Madison, AL

I think this is great for all involved. My issue with Th, Fr games are the lack of preperation allowed that week. This is not an issue in 3 of the 4 non Saturday games. The opener obviously doesn't have this issue. The BSU game does, but it is the only one and since it is a game on ESPN against a perrenial top 10 team, I don't mind as much. Hawai'i is the next week so there is an 8 day interval there and USU is the next friday giving a full week there.

Charlotte, NC

Sad. So sad.

Black Shirts
South Jordan, UT

Ute fans are so funny! They just can't stand it that BYU is nationwide and the U of 2.O GPA is SLC only. You get out of SLC and people are like U of U who are they?

By the way I like having Thursday night games. Everyone in the country is watching! I have fun things to do on Saturday, hiking, fishing, camping, riding.....

Murray, UT

Ah so BYU and Washington State will be one of the first games to kickoff the 2012 season?sounds good to me. I will be at the game and where else would you rather be on a thursday night in front of the bright lights at LES with ESPN there? cant wait

GO Cougars!!!

highland, utah

Yes BYU Washington St. at 10:15 EST on a Thursday!! Now that's prime time!!

Mission Viejo, CA

I was planning to bring my WSU grad neighbor up to Provo for the game. He planned to bring his family. Not sure if he can come up for a Thursday game.

I'm OK with weekday games on TV, but I like to travel to games like Ol' Miss last year. Probably would not have done it if the game had been on Thursday. I wonder if Ol' Miss fans would have filled the Grove on a Thursday? Doubt if the school would allow 10,000 fans on campus during classes.

These TV contracts certainly change the fan experience. But at least we get to see our teams play nearly every game. Gotta pay the price for that. One really bad price is that if team X has a bye on Saturday and team Y plays, then a Thursday game really hurts team Y. I hope ESPN takes that into consideration when scheduling a Thursday game.

Highland, UT

I like Thursday games but am not a big fan of Friday games. Friday nights I attend the high school games and Saturday's I coach the kids and that occasionally, although not a lot, interferes with the Saturday games. But Thursday's are wide open usually and a good night to attend a game.

But of course it is great exposure and that probably makes it worth it. It definately results in more $ to the program and when it is the only game on most football fans are watching it.

I do love the hypocritical posts from utah "fans" though.

Springville, UT


"Every game will be nationally televised."

In Uteville 'nationally televised' means regional, aka 'theMtn' or KJZZ. Not even close to a real nationally following on the likes of ESPN.

Still waiting to see how this ficticious 'national' PAC subscription network is going to roll out. You can bet that FOX is not going to broadcast every Ute game nor is there going to be millions of followers beyond Colorado eastern border.

Nice try.

Highland, UT


Of course utah "fans" like to proclaim "every utah game will be on national tv" but there is no evidence that it will actually happen. As of now the pac12 network has an agreement with comcast and that is pretty much it. No direct tv, no dish network, no cox cable, none of the big boys but Comcast.

How soon they forget the mtn network and how it was supposed to be "national" from the 1st season as well. Now you would think the pac12 network would have a little bit more appeal than the mtn did but what utah "fans" fail to realize is that the owners of those cable and sattelite networks do not care. They care only about whether or not they will make money from it. They do not care about larry scott, they do not care about chris hill, they do not care about naval vet, they simply don't care.

I have said before I do not believe the pac12 network will have that broad of coverage this year and there is no reason to think differently. utah "fans" prepare for limited access on limited networks and premium add ons to get it.

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