PDT Sports Writer
Cheering on the Shawnee State basketball teams in conference championship games from viewing parties could be a thing of the past thanks to an agreement made by the Mid-South Conference and Fox College Sports.
In a release sent Tuesday by the MSC, this year’s conference championship games for men’s and women’s basketball will be televised live March 3 on the Fox College Sports channel. This year’s tournament, which starts Feb. 28 for the women and March 1 on the men’s side, will be played in its entirety at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky., with the women’s championship game starting at 2:30 p.m. and the men’s to have a 5:30 tip time.
“This is an exciting time to be associated with the Mid-South Conference,” Mid-South Conference commissioner Baker said in the release. “Televising our basketball championships on FOX College Sports is a great platform to display just a few of the quality student-athletes that call the Mid-South Conference home.”
Many of the Fox sports channels, including Fox Sports Net and Fox College Sports, are regionalized. Specifically, the championship games will air on Fox College Sports Atlantic, Central and Pacific.
Locally, the Minford Telephone Company offers all three channels as a part of its expanded package and DirecTV lists the bunch as a portion of the Sports Pack. According to the Fox College Sports site, these channels are presently not available on Time Warner Cable and Dish Network.
Previously, fans who could not attend the tournament would either flock to Buffalo Wild Wings in Portsmouth or watch the tournament via Internet web feed.
The SSU women moved up to 14th in the latest NAIA poll while the men are still receiving votes. Both travel to Cumberland (Tenn.) University Thursday night and the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) Saturday.
The Bears are tied for third in the conference standings on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Cody Leist can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 294, or firstname.lastname@example.org.