Time Warner Cable in Wilmington, North Carolina, has been given permission to air the Duke-North Carolina game live on Thursday night and will, according to sources.
The game was originally supposed to be blacked out on cable in the Wilmington region because it is a JP Sports broadcast, which airs on regular local television. WWAY in Wilmington has the rights to the game and has opted to air it on tape delay at 11:30 p.m. only.
Time Warner, however, has been granted the right to air the game live on ESPN at 9 p.m. and will.
"Originally we weren't able to show it," said a source at Time Warner. "But since the local station has decided to air it on tape delay it opened up the door for us to have the blackout removed."
The game between UNC (6-11, 2-5 ACC) and No. 1 Duke (18-1, 6-1) will be the first meeting of the season between the rivals.
Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.