TV for Dominican game still a possibility

While there's still no official indication there will be any type of live television for the exhibition game between the Dominican Republic national team coached by John Calipari and the team of ex-Kentucky players now playing in the NBA, there is still a possibility the Aug. 15 game in Rupp Arena might be televised.

While there's still no official indication there will be any type of live television for the exhibition game between the Dominican Republic national team coached by John Calipari and the team of ex-Kentucky players now playing in the NBA, there is still a possibility the Aug. 15 game in Rupp Arena might be televised.

Obviously, there can be no UK?TV Network for this game — can you imagine how the NCAA would react to that when former UK coach Joe B. Hall cannot even be the honorary coach for the Dominican team because of NCAA restrictions.

However, that does not mean there might not be a way for Gray Television (WKYT, WYMT, WBKO) to still produce and televise the game based on conversations with several sources familiar with what would have to fall in place for that to happen.

"There are still a lot of hurdles to clear," said one source.

But while this would not be a Big Blue Sports production or sales effort, there's no reason to think Gray Television could not pull this off with little or no difficulty. Remember this same group can produce non-UK?events and this would be no different than doing a Kentucky High School Athletic Association state championship like the group does every year at the boys state basketball tournament when it airs the championship game.

Gray Television negotiates with stations not in its three market areas so other stations can also carry something like the state basketball final. And it could so the same with the Dominican exhibition game.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how desirable this game would be for TV outlets in the Dominican Republic to see their star players going against John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Tayshaun Prince and others. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to figure out that Louisville, Bowling Green and other TV outlets with any interest in UK?basketball would love to have the same chance to televise this game at a time when stations when have summer re-runs as regular programming.

This has all obviously been a complex situation — how could anything involving the NCAA not be complex — but as of today there is at least still a chance the game, which has sold out, could still find its way on TV for other fans to watch and enjoy.


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