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02 January 2007

DePaul TV status resolved

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
1/02/2007 04:02:00 PM
[UPDATE, Jan. 4, 6 p.m.]

WFMZ, Philadelphia's local channel 69, will air the game live at 2 p.m.

Rain this past weekend in Philadelphia led to the postponement of the annual Mummers Parade, forcing the event to be rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6.

What does this have to do with Villanova basketball? Everything, my naive friend. WPHL, the Philadelphia local network slated to show the Jan. 6 game against DePaul, will also air the parade that same day. The parade begins and 9 a.m. and ends sometime around 7 p.m., while the game tips off in the Pavilion at 2 p.m.

This creates a time conflict. What will WPHL do? Villanova fans pondered this question for literally several days.

It seems we now have an answer. I talked to a station manager at WPHL today, who informed me that the game will be shown on tape-delay immediately following the conclusion of the Mummers Parade.

This places the broadcast around 7 p.m., well after the actual conclusion of the game (barring a record number of overtime periods).

The WPHL representative also told me that ESPN was considering showing the game without a local blackout on its ESPN Full Court network.

ESPN Full Court is having a free preview period from Jan. 5-12, both online and on television. If ESPN picks up the DePaul game, anyone with broadband Internet access or digital television should be able to watch the game live for free.

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At 6:55 PM, January 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is good information. Does anyone know why The Villanova/Temple game was not carried locally. One had to be a subscriber to ESPN U ( of which the local comcast network does not carry to begin with)in order to watch a game between two local teams?


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