Wisconsin/Illinois game will not be televised

Oct. 2 game will be broadcast on tape-delay basis only; Big Ten replay system still in effect

Wisconsin's Oct. 2 home football game against Illinois will not be televised live, the Big Ten office announced Monday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central at Camp Randall Stadium.

"I just found out about it just before I came down here," Badger coach Barry Alvarez said during his regular Monday afternoon press conference. "It was surprising to me. I don't why (it is not televised)."

In the Big Ten's replay system, initiated this fall, a technical advisor can only view video footage from the station that is broadcasting the game. However, there is a contingency plan in place that will allow for the use of replay during the Wisconsin/Illinois game, according to Scott Chipman, the conference's director of communications.

"Any games that aren't televised, ESPN Regional will provide a barebones broadcast crew," Chipman said. "They will produce the game but there won't be any announcers or anything like that. The technical advisor will have the opportunity to review plays."

There will be other cameramen on the field for the Oct. 2 game, in addition to staff of ESPN Regional. Wisconsin Public Television will rebroadcast the game at 10 p.m. and the Wisconsin Athletics Department will have cameramen on the field to provide replays for Camp Randall's video replay boards. Only the ESPN Regional footage, however, may be used for instant replays.

"They will just use ESPN's guys," Chipman said. "Basically it will be like ESPN is broadcasting the game, but they wouldn't actually be broadcasting the game (on television)."

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