Wednesday, March 03, 1999

UC, UK basketball facing TV conflict

        The Cincinnati and Kentucky men's basketball teams may not meet on the court, but they are headed for a battle of the airways Friday.

        WSTR-TV (Channel 64) holds the rights to both schools' early conference tournament games, but has a potential scheduling conflict Friday. If UC wins its game Thursday, both schools' games Friday will overlap. The Bearcats' semifinal game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. UK's quarterfinal game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

        “We're going to wait until (UC's) Thursday game is over before we make that call,” said Chris White, WSTR programming director. “What we may have to do is show one game live, then join the other in progress.”

        That would indicate UC's game will be shown live, since it begins 30 minutes before UK's game does. However, White would not commit to that, saying the station will wait until UC's game Thursday has ended before making any decision. That puts Channel 64 in an awkward position, since it has shown UK games all season.

        Channel 19 held the rights to UC's regular season games. But Channel 64 earned the rights to the Conference USA tournament games by broadcasting C-USA games involving teams other than UC this year, said Jon Lawhead, general manager at Channel 19.

        Lawhead said he would be happy to help Channel 64 with its problem by showing the UC game. Channel 64's White said that is unlikely.

        White said if they do have to join one game in progress, they would tape it and show the second game in its entirety immediately after it ends.


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