National TV coverage may elude Hawaii team

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii football team will be shown twice on

Fox regional telecasts, but is not scheduled to appear in any of the five

announced Fox Sports Net national games to be shown as part of the Western

Athletic Conference package, conference officials said Friday.

Of the five

Fox national games announced by the WAC, Texas Christian will appear in three.

Fresno State is scheduled for two appearances while Rice and Southern Methodist

have one each.

Of the five regional games to be shown, Fox will pick up

both the Oct. 7 Hawaii at Texas Christian game and the Oct. 21 Hawaii at Rice

game.

WAC Commissioner Karl Benson said there is a possibility Hawaii’s

Nov. 25 game against Wisconsin could be picked up nationally depending on

Hawaii’s record at that time. There is another opening Nov. 11 on the Fox

national schedule, but that appears unlikely to be used for a Hawaii-Nevada

game.

Because of WAC-Fox contractual agreements, the Hawaii games broadcast

regionally will be shown in the islands on Oceanic and Verizon Americast,

formerly GTE Americast, not KFVE Channel 5.

Oceanic said the games will be

free to those who have its digital service or subscribe to its Value Plus

package for regular cable.

KFVE, which pays UH $1.2 million annually in

rights fees, will show all Hawaii home games plus the Sept. 23 game at Texas

El-Paso and the Nov. 4 game at Fresno State, station officials said.

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