Huskers' First Three Games on TV

The University of Nebraska and FSN announced Friday that the Huskers' first three football games of the 2008 season will be telecast via pay-per-view on participating cable systems and nationwide to satellite dish customers. The games included in the announcement are home games against Western Michigan (Aug. 30), San Jose State (Sept. 6) and New Mexico State (Sept. 13).

Kickoff times for the first two contests have also been determined with the debut of the 2008 Huskers against Western Michigan set for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff from Memorial Stadium. A week later, Nebraska and San Jose State will meet in an 11:30 a.m. CT game. The kickoff time for the Sept. 13 matchup with New Mexico State will be determined no later than 12 days in advance of the contest.

"We wanted to announce our plans for these first three games as early as possible so our fans can start making plans for the beginning of the season," Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said. "There is a lot of excitement around the state to see our team get going with Bo as head coach and the pay-per-view option gives fans that can't be at Memorial Stadium the opportunity to watch the first three games."

Suggested retail price for residential purchase for each of the games is $29.95. Big 12 Special Order Sports, Fox Sports Net's pay-per-view division, will produce and distribute the telecast. Additional information about how to purchase the telecast, including a list of participating cable systems and satellite providers, will be announced leading up to the games. Further details will be posted on and (search: Nebraska pay-per-view) as they become available.

The games are being televised on a pay-per-view basis because they were not selected for over-the-air broadcast or cable television coverage. 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.

"This is the exciting beginning to a new era in Nebraska football," said FSN General Manager and Senior Vice President Jack Donovan. "We're excited to work with Nebraska and our cable and satellite partners to make this game, which otherwise wouldn't be televised, available to fans."

The announcers for the contest will also be determined at a later date.

Nebraska has previously had 10 games distributed on pay-per-view through FSN, including: Oct. 12, 2002 vs. Missouri; Oct. 25, 2003 vs. Iowa State; Sept. 4, 2004 vs. Western Illinois; Oct. 2, 2004 vs. Kansas; Sept. 3, 2005 vs. Maine; Oct. 15, 2005 at Baylor; Sept. 23, 2006 vs. Troy; Oct. 14, 2006 at Kansas State, Sept. 22, 2007 vs. Ball State, and Oct. 13, 2007 vs. Oklahoma State.

In addition to the times of the opening two games, Nebraska is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff against Colorado on Friday, Nov. 29. That game will be televised nationally by ABC. Game times and television information for the remainder of the Huskers' games will be announced six to 12 days in advance of kickoff.

Coach Bo Pelini and Tom Osborne to Visit Western Nebraska at two sites

LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Nebraska Athletic Department in conjunction with city representatives in North Platte, Gering and Scottsbluff, are proud to sponsor a two-stop visit to Western Nebraska on Wednesday, July 30.  Featuring first-year Nebraska Head Football Coach Bo Pelini and Athletic Director Tom Osborne, the meet-and-greet event will be the first official kickoff for the 2008 football season.  Greg Sharpe, voice of the Huskers for the IMG Husker Sports Network, will serve as emcee.  Come hear Coach Pelini talk about the upcoming season and have a chance to ask questions of both Coach Pelini and Tom Osborne. 

Both events are open to the public and are free of charge.  The meet-and-greet events will be open until maximum capacities are reached and will not involve any pre-registration by participants.  Because of the short time that Coach Pelini and Tom Osborne will be available at each city and in order to spend that time answering as many fan questions as possible, there will not be time allotted for autographs. 

The schedule for Wednesday, July 30, is as follows:

North Platte Meet-and-Greet

Time:  3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Doors Open:  2:30 p.m.

Location:  East Hanger at Trego Dugan Aviation (5560 East Leebird Drive in North Platte)

Local Media Contact:  Peggy Oltmans (308-520-0039)

In case of inclement weather: Event will take place inside and barring dangerous weather conditions will proceed as planned. 

Scottsbluff/Gering Meet-and-Greet

Time:  6 – 7 p.m.

Doors Open:  4:30 p.m.

Location:  Five Rocks Amphitheater in Gering (provided free of charge by City of Gering, located ¼ mile south of the intersection of M Street and Five Rocks Road in Gering – 2505 D Street)

Local Media Contact:  Melissa Price (308-635-1214)

In case of inclement weather: Western Nebraska Community College Cougar Palace (1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff)

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