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Angelo Roncalli
01-08-2009, 08:56 PM
As reported on FSN tonight, a deal "that Zags fans are going to love..."

GU and FSN/KHQ have extended their contract for 10 years, through the 2018-2019 season.

Zag 77
01-08-2009, 09:06 PM
Who seems to be getting better as time goes on....or maybe I am getting used to him. Craig Ehlo seems to be growing on me with his fractured vocabulary... I must be getting senile.

What about Radio? I think the current deal was extended by a little bit 6 months ago.

UberZagFan
01-08-2009, 09:12 PM
Uber heard that as well right after he finished watching the chickens luck one out against the Cardinal. Uber will admit that UW is ferocious on the boards and are able to hit some FTs late in the game when it matters most.

As for the TV contract, good news. Real good news. Every game that is not covered somewhere else will be on FSN. Now if we can just keep games off ESPNU and ESPN360 and CBS College Sports.

SandbergOnSports
01-08-2009, 09:28 PM
No more Ehlo! That should be a part of the new contract!
God bless him, he tries so hard, but he says the dumbest things sometimes (okay, all the time).

FuManShoes
01-08-2009, 09:46 PM
Can they get some HD cameras at K2? This game and team have passed low-def by, so bring on some 1080p, baby!

VaBeachZAG
01-09-2009, 04:30 AM
The HD cameras would be great, but if you can't even get free internet radio coverage of the games, HD cameras seem like a wish list item that's not going to happen. It just doesn't seem right that a program with the Zags' stature can't have free internet broadcast of games for us fans around the country out of KHQ range (like, 3000 miles out of broadcast range). It just seems weird, for example, when a couple years ago I had to go to a D2 school's internet site (I think it was Emory) to hear a broadcast of the non-televised game.

Unfortunately, another item on my personal wish list that could be reasonably easy to achieve, but probably will never happen (and it drives me a little nuts), is to get the student section on the opposite side of the floor from the non-HD cameras.

LongIslandZagFan
01-09-2009, 05:56 AM
As reported on FSN tonight, a deal "that Zags fans are going to love..."

GU and FSN/KHQ have extended their contract for 10 years, through the 2018-2019 season.

Can they now figure out a way with ESPN to allow those games to get back on Fox College Sports please?

Birddog
01-09-2009, 06:02 AM
I'm getting to the point where I like Ehlo and his "isms". He's becoming our Dizzy Dean. Heister is a little harder to get used to. I still think he sounds too much like the "Sunday!,Sunday!, Sunday!" drag race (or whatever) Promo Voice. If he spoke Spanish, he'd fit right in on some Mariachi/Salsa station as the voice with the gunshot dubbed over.

kyle dixon
01-09-2009, 06:30 AM
Heister's best line after the Montana State-Billings game; "He's Ehlo, I'm Heister see you Tuesday night!!" I absolutely lost it. My friends think they are homers, I just think they are passionate about their Zags!

I think it is wonderful the contract that has been negotiated with KHQ carry all the games locally and the tv contracts to carry all Zag games on television. Mike Roth has done yeoman work as the AD at Gonzaga with the spearheading of these television contracts. He is also one of the nicest guys I have ever met. :)

gamagin
01-09-2009, 07:04 AM
do you know if anyone else bid on the contract ?

BobZag
01-09-2009, 09:16 AM
do you know if anyone else bid on the contract ?

FSN/KHQ outbid CBS, NBC, ABC and the Discovery Channel.

Zagswill
01-09-2009, 10:00 AM
http://gozags.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/010909aaa.html

KHQ-TV, FSN Extend Gonzaga Men's Basketball Agreement 10 Years
Every men's basketball game to be televised through 2017-18 season


Jan. 9, 2009


SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University athletics and IMG, the multi-media rights partner of Bulldog athletics, have announced a 10-year extension with KHQ-TV and FSN Northwest for broadcast of Gonzaga men's basketball games and other events and programming through the 2017-18 season.

The extension was jointly announced by Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth and Kris Kassel, General Manager for IMG College.

Subject to West Coast Conference and NCAA agreements, KHQ-TV and FSN will continue to carry every Gonzaga game that is not broadcast under existing or future WCC or other superseding television agreements, guaranteeing that every Gonzaga men's basketball game will be available to fans in Spokane and throughout the Pacific Northwest for the next 10 years.

"KHQ and FSN have been tremendous partners for Gonzaga over the years, and we're looking forward to continuing our partnership them well into the future," said Mike Roth, Gonzaga Director of Athletics. "The commitment that FSN and KHQ have shown the Zags over the years has contributed in no small part to the rise in popularity of our program and our university throughout the Northwest. To reach the number of homes these partners help us to reach is critically important to our program and to our fans' ability to passionately follow the Zags."

Gonzaga head basketball coach Mark Few stated, "It's increasingly important not only for our fans, but for future Zags to be able to see our games, and our television partners help make that happen. When you combine this deal with Gonzaga's strong national broadcast schedule, we certainly enjoy a television package that ranks in the top five of any college basketball program in America."

"Gonzaga's partnership with KHQ and FSN is truly special in the world of college basketball and provides unparalleled opportunity for our fan base to follow the Zags," according to Kassel. "The combined coverage of KHQ's strong over-the-air footprint with FSN Northwest's wide cable & satellite distribution provides the widest distribution available to our fan base."


"Gonzaga basketball provides KHQ with a strong local franchise that truly benefits this community. We are excited to offer Gonzaga fans a long-term commitment to broadcasting Zags basketball," according to Patricia McRae, President and General Manager for KHQ.

"The extraordinarily successful men's basketball program that Mark Few has built at Gonzaga is only a small part of why FSN Northwest is so proud to announce an extension of our agreement. It is the partnership that has been developed between FSN, the Gonzaga athletic department, KHQ and now IMG for the benefit of the Zags' loyal fan base that is the driving force behind our desire to continue showcasing Gonzaga basketball throughout the Northwest," said Mark Shuken, President and CEO of Liberty Sports Group, the parent company of FSN Northwest.

In addition to Gonzaga men's basketball, KHQ and FSN will continue to offer a selection of other Gonzaga sports programming, including select women's basketball games.

KHQ also will continue to offer its popular Best Doggone Zags Show throughout the season. FSN, KHQ and IMG also will explore additional programming options to be announced in the future.

FSN Northwest is the cable home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Storm, Portland Beavers, Portland Timbers, University of Washington Huskies, Washington State University Cougars, Oregon State University Beavers and Gonzaga Bulldogs. The region reaches more than 3.4 million cable homes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. FSN Northwest is a member of the Liberty Sports Group, which also includes the regional sports networks FSN Pittsburgh and FSN Rocky Mountain. The three networks combined reach more than 8.5 million viewers across 17 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 23 professional and collegiate teams. Liberty Sports Group is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Entertainment Group (Nasdaq: LMDIA). For more information, please visit www.libertysportsgroup.com.

KHQ Television has been locally owned by Cowles Company since 1952, reaching 24 counties in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana. During its 56 years of broadcasting, KHQ has provided viewers with quality local programming including local news, sports and entertainment. For more information, please visit our website at www.khq.com.

IMG College is the leader in developing integrated licensing, marketing, and multi-media opportunities for the nation's top collegiate brands across local, regional, and national platforms. IMG College partners include the NCAA and its 88 championships, NCAA Football, leading conferences, and some of the most prestigious universities in the country. IMG College is a division of global sports and entertainment company IMG. For more information visit www.imgworld.com.

CalZag
01-09-2009, 10:53 AM
I second that LongIsland... gotta get those games back on Fox College Sports. Hopefully something is worked out with ESPN.

UberZagFan
01-09-2009, 11:16 AM
FSN/KHQ outbid CBS, NBC, ABC and the Discovery Channel.

BZ: you sure that was all? Uber was pretty certain that the Travel Channel made a bid to cover GU, considering their OOC schedule the past few years.

malmer7
01-09-2009, 12:35 PM
I second that LongIsland... gotta get those games back on Fox College Sports. Hopefully something is worked out with ESPN.

this is the #1 priority, especially for out of state fans that are dumb enough to stick with cable like i am. i'm sure as soon as i get the dish or directv they will switch back to showing them on FCS, so maybe i'll get on that.
i always wondered if the FSN northwest games were on HD when at home, i'm guessing from the earlier comments that's a big no?

CDC84
01-09-2009, 01:27 PM
Gonzaga didn't have the TV rights to the game at Utah. Utah elected to go with CBS College Sports.

When the WCC goes into contract discussions with ESPN next time, what Gonzaga needs to do is make a push to have control over the TV rights to their non-league home games or any other games they have control over in the non-league portion of their sked. Games within league are one thing, but the WCC/ESPN arrangement shouldn't dictate that a Washington State/Gonzaga game go on ESPNU. That should be Gonzaga's decision. If other league teams get popular enough to where they can get their own exclusive TV contract, they should have control over their non-league games too.

DrDrivel
01-09-2009, 01:55 PM
BZ: you sure that was all? Uber was pretty certain that the Travel Channel made a bid to cover GU, considering their OOC schedule the past few years.

Do I ruin the joke by pointing out that the Travel Channel and Discovery are the same entity...? Hmmm...

I'll poll the audience.

BobZag
01-09-2009, 02:24 PM
Oh, I forgot one.

The Cartoon Network bid. They wanted to slot GU in right after Ben 10 Alien Force.

MississppiZag
01-09-2009, 02:49 PM
So I have Comcast and ordered the sports package, and received Fox Sports-Pacific and Central. So, will I get tomorrow's game against Portland.:confused:

Unbiased
01-09-2009, 04:15 PM
So I have Comcast and ordered the sports package, and received Fox Sports-Pacific and Central. So, will I get tomorrow's game against Portland.:confused:

No

BobZag
01-09-2009, 04:47 PM
So I have Comcast and ordered the sports package, and received Fox Sports-Pacific and Central. So, will I get tomorrow's game against Portland.:confused:

You need the regional FSN stations, ie, FSN-Northwest, FSN-Pittsburgh, etc.

thickman1
01-09-2009, 07:15 PM
it would appear that unless you have access to the local FSN - Northwest channel you won't be seeing any games until January 29th against Saint Mary's. That is awesome. :mad:

229SintoZag
01-12-2009, 03:30 PM
Did Gonzaga secure a commitment from KHQ and Fox to install and use HD cameras for all Gonzaga home games and not-quite-home games (i.e., all Spokane games against decent teams on the OOC) as part of this deal?

If not--why not? Because by the end of the term of this contract I guaranty that industry standard will be HD. In fact, by that point, HD may have dropped off the lingo. Kind of like "color TV" years ago--at one point a big deal, but soon thereafter the assumed industry standard.

(p.s.--I got a Sony HD video camera with a picture far superior to what I see on FSNW K2 broadcasts for $1200 just before 229 Jr. was born. So please spare me the arguments about HD cameras being prohibitively expensive. Amortized over the ten year spand of this deal, it's affordable).