"Our fans across the country were very receptive to our pay-per-view telecasts last season, and we know they will be excited about an opportunity to watch the 2005 season opener," Pederson said. "For those that can't get to Lincoln for the game it will also give them a chance to see some of the exciting changes that have been made at Memorial Stadium, including our new FieldTurf."
The game is being televised on pay-per-view because it was not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. Under Conference TV rules, games not picked up for regular television distribution can only be televised live on pay-per-view.
Participating cable and satellite providers will offer the telecast to their customers on a specially designated pay-per-view channel. The telecast will not pre-empt FSN's regularly scheduled programming.
Veteran announcer Greg Sharpe, the television play-by-play voice of Nebraska basketball on FSN, calls the action alongside former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback/current NFL on FOX analyst Jayice Pearson. Long-time Huskers radio voice Kent Pavelka will report from the Memorial Stadium sidelines for the telecast.
The Maine-Nebraska telecast will be the fifth Nebraska football game distributed on pay-per-view, following: Oct. 12, 2002 vs. Missouri; Oct. 25, 2003 vs. Iowa State; Sept. 4, 2004 vs. Western Illinois; and Oct. 2, 2004 vs. Kansas. Nebraska won all four of those games.
Further details will be posted on Huskers.com, FOXSports.com on MSN (search:Midwest) and goblackbears.com as they become available.