Razorbacks Blocking Pay Per View Telecast

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Network is hoping that University of Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles will change his stance on allowing a pay per view telecast of the Oct. 15th Auburn at Arkansas football game.

Jon Cole, vice president and general manager of The Auburn Network, says his organization is trying to work out a deal with Arkansas to telecast the game that was not picked up for coverage by any television network.

"Technically, there is nothing preventing us from doing the pay per view because we will have our crew there anyway to do the taped delay telecast that airs on Sunday night," Cole says. "All we need to do the pay per view is to receive permission from the University of Arkansas."

Cole says that in the past The Auburn Network has helped Arkansas on production of Razorbacks vs. Tigers television events and he is disappointed that Arkansas, which controls the pay per view rights for the game as the home team, has not given approval for this year's game to be a pay per view telecast.

Cole notes that the network has made several proposals for revenue sharing and even offered to make it available only in the state of Alabama if Broyles is concerned that the pay per view telecast will cut attendance at the game at Razorback Stadium. However, because of a contract the SEC signed with ESPN, any pay per view football telecast has to be be made available to ESPN for its GamePlan pay per view package, which is available in all 50 states.

Cole notes that in the contract that the SEC signed with ESPN for TV coverage of games, an SEC team is obligated to provide ESPN the feed of any pay per view game free of charge to ESPN.

The Auburn Network, working with the SEC, is asking ESPN if it would be willing to blackout the game in the state of Arkansas and nearby areas so that won't damage attendance for the SEC game, which is not a sellout. Arkansas has approximately 1,100 tickets it is trying to sell for the Tigers vs. Razorbacks matchup.

Broyles was not in his office on Tuesday morning and not available for comment on the subject, an Arkansas official told Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Kickoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. Central. Auburn has two weeks to prepare for its first road trip this season while the Razorbacks have a game on Saturday in Little Rock vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Auburn will play the Razorbacks at their on-campus stadium in Fayetteville.


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