There will be a lot of excitement at the Times Union Center tonight, when Siena plays the University at Albany in the renewal of their Capital Region men’s basketball rivalry.
A crowd of over 12,000 fans is expected to jam the TU Center. The rivalry is intense, and the games are close. It makes for great drama. And it would be perfect to have the game televised.
However, the only broadcast coverage will be on the radio. The only TV coverage will be the highlights on the late newscasts.
It seems to me that televising the UAlbany-Siena game would make sense. Most of the four national broadcast networks have given up on showing original programming in prime time on Saturday nights. They opt for reruns instead.
Instead of being stuck with network reruns, I would like to see one of the area over-the-air stations take a bold step and televise the game. Time Warner Cable Sports channel 3 probably would love to televise it, but it doesn’t have the same reach as the over-the-air stations because not everyone has cable. Besides, TWC-3 has the Cornell-Union hockey game tonight at 7.
I don’t think the cost of televising the game would be that high. There are already inhouse cameras televising the game on the scoreboard and the TVs in the TU Center. Advertisers would be lining up to sponsor the broadcast. In this tough economy, that kind of easy money should be an incentive for a TV station to broadcast it.
If the TU Center officials and the schools are worried that televising the game would hurt attendance, well, that is, frankly, old-time thinking. This game is an easy draw, and ticket sales won’t be affected.
Next year, I want to see one of the area stations take a chance and televise the game. It would make great TV, and be fun to watch.
Here is where you can listen to the game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m.
— WGDJ-AM (1300) and WCSS-AM (1450), which makes up the Siena broadcast network, will come on the air at 6:30 p.m. Robert Lee and Tom Huerter will have the action.
— WOFX-AM (980), the home of the Great Danes, begins its broadcast at 7:15 p.m. Rodger Wyland and Greg Tobben have the call.
–WCDB-FM (90.9) is UAlbany’s radio station. Jon Weiner and Dave Rothman will have the coverage.
The women’s game between the Danes and Saints will be on the radio, as well. WCDB has the UAlbany angle, while WVCR-FM (88.3) will favor the Saints.
I listened to the Siena-Georgia Tech game Wednesday night on WGDJ, and I was impressed with how solid Lee and Huerter called it.
Lee brings the right amount excitement to the broadcast. He isn’t a homer. He gave vivid details of the game.
Huerter is the perfect analyst. He gets in, makes his point and gets out. Huerter doesn’t talk just for the sake of talking. He knows, with radio, it’s the play-by-play announcer who needs to speak the most so that he can describe the action.
Lee and Huerter don’t step on each other, which is nice. They are in sync.
NFL, college schedules
Here is the schedule of NFL and college football games that will be televised over the next week.
Fox (WXXA Ch. 23 and WXXA HD) — Philadelphia at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston/Tony Siragusa); Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
CBS (WRGB Ch. 6 and WRGB HD) — New England at Miami, 1 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms).
NBC (WNYT Ch. 13 and WNYT HD) — Minnesota at Arizona, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Andrea Kremer).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Baltimore at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski/Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya).
NFL Network and NFL HD — Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m. (Bob Papa/Matt Millen).
ABC (WTEN Ch. 10 and WTEN HD) — Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, noon (Sean McDonough/Matt Millen/Holly Rowe); Arizona at Southern California 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Craig James/Heather Cox); Big 12 Conference championship game: Texas vs. Nebraska, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Lisa Salters).
ESPN and ESPN HD — West Virginia at Rutgers, noon (Dave Pasch/Bob Griese/Chris Spielman); NCAA Division II playoffs: semifinal, Carson-Newman vs. Grand Valley State, 3:30 p.m. (Pam Ward/Ray Bentley); ACC championship game: Georgia Tech vs. Clemson, 8 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Erin Andrews).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Conference USA championship game: Houston at East Carolina, noon (Ron Franklin/Ed Cunningham); South Florida at Connecticut, 8 p.m. (Mark Jones/Bob Davie); Wisconsin at Hawaii, 11:30 p.m. (Terry Gannon/David Norrie).
Big Ten and Big Ten HD — Fresno State at Illinois, 12:30 p.m. (Wayne Larrivee/Chris Martin/Clarissa Thompson).
ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Southern vs Texas Southern, 2 p.m. (Charlie Neal/Eddie Robinson Jr.).
CBS and CBS HD — SEC championship game: Alabama vs. Florida, 4 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
CBS College Sports and CBS College Sports HD — NCAA Division II playoffs: semifinal, California (Pa.) vs. Northwest Missouri State, 8:30 p.m.
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs: semifinal, teams TBA, 8 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Rod Gilmore).
WTMM-FM (104.5) and WENT-AM (1340) will carry the Westwood One broadcast of the SEC football championship game. . . .
TWC-1 will have the Maine-Syracuse men’s basketball game at 7 tonight. . . .
Dick Enberg was named the television play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres on Thursday.