Longhorn Network to Air Football Game vs. Kansas
Longhorn Network has gotten its second football game.
Kansas vs. Texas, a Big 12 intra-conference matchup slated for October 29, will air on the new 24/7 University of Texas network which televised the Longhorns’ home opener against Rice University on Saturday.
Longhorn Network will be the exclusive national distributor for the matchup with the exception of in the state of Kansas where the game will also be televised on select over-the-air stations to be determined at a later date. Kansas and Texas have met just 10 times since 1901. The Longhorns lead the series 8-2 heading into this season.
The game was approved by Commissioner Dan Beebe based upon the approval process that the Big 12 Board of Directors determined last month. ABC will maintain first selection for the Big 12 games on October 29. This ensures that all Big 12 games that day will be distributed by national carriers.
ESPN and Grande Communications announced that the Longhorn Network (LHN) will be available to University of Texas fans across the state of Texas in time for the Rice vs. Texas game on Saturday, Sept. 3, when the Owls take on the Longhorns from Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT (with a re-air at midnight CT). Grande Communications serves the Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Midland/Odessa, Waco, Corpus Christi, and Dallas markets.
“As a Texas based company, Grande understands the passion our customers have for Texas sports,” said Matt Murphy, president of Grande Communications. “We are pleased and very excited to make Longhorn Network available as part of our cable television offerings.”
Added David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, “Grande customers across the state of Texas will have access to more Longhorn content than ever before.”
LHN will be available online, on tablets, and on smartphones to fans with an affiliated video subscription in the near future.
Prior to Saturday’s kick-off, the two-hour Texas GameDay — the only pregame show exclusively from inside the stadium — at 5 p.m. will give fans all the insights, analysis, and excitement they’ve come to know from ESPN’s College GameDay pregame show.
Then, Longhorn fans will see the debut of Texas GameDay Final – a two-hour dedicated post-game show televised immediately after the game exclusively from the field.
Monday at 7 p.m., Rewind with Mack Brown will breakdown all the plays and action from the team’s first contest.
Finally, Tuesday at 8 p.m., Texas Football Overdrive will present the Rice vs. Texas game in an enhanced format featuring interviews, sound, and analysis that bring viewers an inside look at the game.
ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to all things University of Texas in partnership with UT and IMG College, which has the exclusive right to sell advertising.
LHN is available to customers of Grande Communications, Consolidated Communications, Bay City Cablevision, Mid-Coast Cablevision, Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications, and nationally on Verizon FiOS TV.